Pipe Academy: Another Look at Briar

Briar is a remarkable wood, but it has to do with more than just the beauty of the grain. What makes briar a superb material for pipes has a lot to do with where it comes from. First off, briar is not a tree, it’s the subterranean burl of the white heath (or heather) tree. […]

Pipe Academy: A Bit About Bits

While we tend to wax poetic about the beautiful grain that can be found in briar or fawn over the carving and coloration of meerschaum, we tend to think little about the bit or mouthpiece. After all, it serves a practical purpose, and, besides, it’s under our noses, so we pay less attention to it. […]