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P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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Ingo Garbe # 1218615
Typically brilliant work by the man I consider to be the ultimate
purist in pipe-making.  All the usual superlatives apply (open
draw, stem comfort) with the additional factor of a unique
quality and level of carving.  He is the one and only.  This pipe
is a Grp. 5 in size and in excellent condition.    There are some
very shallow scratch marks on the bowl.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $850.
Joura 9 #102106
This goes back to the days when CAO imported Joura's pipes
and the 9 designation was one of his highest, as you should be
able to see by the abundant 360 degrees of straight grain.  If
you've been paying attention, you will have noticed that on the
vast majority of straight grain pipes, the quality of the grain falls
off dramatically at the front of the bowl.  Not here.  Full & tight
all around.  Joura's impeccable construction.  Unsmoked.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $1095.
Joura A #1021172BK
Close to a signature shape of Karlo's, or maybe it is his signa-
ture shape.  Regardless, it is beautifull shaped and balanced.
This is a special pipe, and with the grain quality, it would be
graded much, much higher were it made and released today
rather than when he was carving exlusively for CAO in the 90's.
It's a Grp. 5 in size and my thumb does fit into the chamber.
4.9" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. New.  $1450.
Cornelius Maenz Collector for  Rattray's #803139JJ
This Maenz design also can take a 9mm filter.  It is a new pipe
and part of a series that a German company produces to
support individual German artisan pipe makers.  We have no
company in this country doing anything so clever.  the band is
European sterling.
5.35" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 72 grams. $145.
Rainer Barbi BA #37013RS
I hate providing the grade for Barbi pipes because they are
no indicator of the grade of the pipe.  Barbi was not exactly
whimsical when grading, he was being practical...if he needed
money, he graded the pipe higher.  It is up to the pipe buyer to
be able to look at a multi-hundred dollar pipe and determine if
the thing is good or not.  If one can't do that, one shouldn't be
buying such an expensive pipe.  I subscribe to that theory, but
when it comes to getting money, I'm happy to advertise a high
grade.  So much for hypocrisy, huh?  This Grp. 5 Apple with a
rounded triangle shank is in exc. cond., with a wide-open draw
and a Barbi hand-cut stem.  It's a rounded button, so you will
not hang this pipe from your jaw, but rather hold that great bowl
in your hand.  Note also the good cross grain and Bird's Eye.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $525.
Joura King #1149504
Long periods go by when the wood simply does not exist to
produce a King grade.  The bonus on this piece is the shape and
style, making it a great pipe to hold and smoke.  I would guess
most King's get put away as collectors' pieces.
Since this pipe was produced, Karl Heinz Joura has started
compromising the quality of his more recent pipes, stamping pipes
as "Kings," when they clearly don't deserve the designation.  To
see how this pipe stacks up in comparison with the ersatz Kings
he is now peddling, please go to to his web site and look at the
laughable grains now called King:
http://www.joura-pipeshop.de/index.php/shop/polierte-pfeifen
5.35" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $10,500
C. Manz  for Rattray's #112819JJ
One of the designer pipes made for a series honoring the great
German pipe makers.  The pipe is new and can take a 9mm
filter is the smoker so desires, although i can't imagine why
anyone would want to do that to the draw of a good pipe.
the bowl here is large, but the shape and thick walls keep the
tobacco chamber from being overly large.  
5.4" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 57 grams.  $125.
Rainer Barbi #1213117PN
For those who want to believe that pipe makers use grade
stampings for something other than revenue enhancing, this
has a "CA" on it.  The bowl size is Grp. 4, but it is short and
thus compact.  The condition is excellent, the draw wide-open
and the stem flat and exceedingly comfortable.  The front of the
bowl picture on bottom right is a bit light in color (the stain is
well represented by the mahogany colored shots) but it does
help reveal the good cross grain of the pipe.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/4, 35 grams. Price: $525.
Bertram Safferling 3 #215
Safferling is the perfect example of the stubborn artist who
insists on doing things his own way, despite its blatant
impractacibility.  He works very slowly, with almost no machinery
and obsesses over each detail.  He simply can not make any
money with his method, and his pipes are near impossible to
import because there are so few, and and effort turns into a
money-losing exercise.  So, we're not likely to see many more.
This one is beautifully made with exc. straight grain on 4/5 of
the bowl.  It's a Grp. 5 in size and feels great in the hand. new.
5.8" long, 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. Price: $450.
Joura Infinity C #215029
Getting us up there in his grading system, we have this
asymmetrical, sculpted gem from Karlo.  I will say that is fits
much better into the right hand than the left and it is a fairly
large pipe, of the Grp. 6 size.  As expected, it is an open draw
and the drilling of the air hole into the chamber is spot-on. New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 65 grams. $1960.
Joura 9 #924094BK
CAO, the major importer of meerschaums (Ismet Bekler was a
carver for them) for many years also started bringing in Joura
pipes.  This is one of those, (their logo is stamped on the
shank) so it goes back to the 90's.  It's a large Grp. 4 in size.
Of course the construction is excellent, the stem is vulcanite and
the draw is open.  Unsmoked.
5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $495
Joura King #621743JJ
For those who are diffident and don't want to apear
ostentatious in their acquisitions, we have a Joura King that is
less costly that the piece above.  Here, too, the straight grain
quality is worthy of the grade designation and the handwork is
pure Joura, with each detail coming as close to perfection as
possible.  It is also a large pipe, with a chamber easily large
enough for me to insert my thumb into.  It is easy for me to
imagine the two Kings on this page being adopted by one
person and then paired in a custom-built box.  That's the way
things should be done around here. New.  Vulcanite stem.
5.7" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $9600.
Joura A #102190BK
This classic Joura (or maybe I say that because I have one
nearly identical, but a tad smaller) is graded A, but that was
done during the years Joura was imported by CAO.  Today, it
would get a much higher grade...certainly an infinity grade at
the least.  BTW, the grain at the front of the bowl is good,
too...it's just that my picture taking creates a washed-out look
because of the reflection of the flast.  Sits up, too.  New.
5.25" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 52 grams. $895.
Wallenstein "Balance" for Chieftan (by Rattray) #925011
This original design by Roger Wallenstein was buried in one of
my drawers for far too long.  I found it while looking for
something else.  In any case, it's here now and is still
unsmoked.  Because it's from Germany, it can take a 9mm filter,
but it is not necessary to use one and I don't in my 9mm pipe.
It's a Grp. 5 in size.  I suppose it's called Balance because
despite it's asymmetrical looking design, it sits up very well on
its roundish bottom, exhibiting great balance. Lucite stem. New.
5.35" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $160.
Rainer Barbi BB #102197BK
I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but the outside of
the bowl is a bit oval shaped, giving extra panache to an already
beautifully crafted piece.  Also noteworthy is the fact that a pipe
cleaner goes through to the chamber with just a bit of twisting,
but without need to tweak the end of the cleaner.  That's
superlative construction on a pipe with this kind of "S" between
stem and shank.  So yes, the draw is open.  It's a Grp. 6 in
size.5.4" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 44 grams. $795.
Ingo Garbe #117019FT
As I've said before, and may say again, this pipe is from the
man I consider perhaps the best pipe maker, or best pure pipe-
\maker, using the form follows function formula.  (BTW, in case
you didn't know it, Shakespeare used the letter "f" more than
any other for his alliterations.  He, of course, is a genius.  I'd
happily settle for 'idiot savant.'  Primary in his pipe making,
besides such clean lines, was stem work.  But, I repeat myself,
many times. over.  This pipe is a thick-walled Grp. 6 sized Dublin
with a wide-open draw and Ingo's beautifully wrought vulcanite
stem.  It is unsmoked.  (Here's a little secret...I have one that I
bought from him when he visited with us in about 1990.  It is
one of those rare pipes that Fred Hanna calls a 'magic smoke.'
So, when in Munich years ago, I bought another full retail from
a store there.  I haven't smoked it even yet because I'm afraid
of being disappointed if it doesn't match the almost impossiblly
high standard of my first Ingo Garbe.  Dear Abby; What's a
Cove to do?  
6" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $795
Rainer Barbi BC #102127BK
It's for, for me at least, to see a master carver, Barbi in this
case, produce an original classic shape.  These are almost the
true tests of their ability.  In this case, it's clear that no machine
can cut a Dublin any better than Barbi can do it freehand.  Of
course the draw is wide-open.  Grp. 5. Vulcanite stem. New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $750.
Barbi BC #102137BK
It can get tiresome, and feel redundant, to have to talk so often
about the beautifully sculpted pieces of pipe makers with the
creative genius (genius might be a stretch, but maybe it isn't a
stretch, at all) of a Barbi.  He has a never ending arsenal of
shapes upon which he can call and I'm not sure how he decides
what to carve, other than intuition and experience, which might
be one definition of creative genius for all I know.  Almost
everyone else would have made the triangle shape of this bowl
more prominent.  Here, Barbi employs a subtle, refined touch to
this difficult shape. This is a Grp. 6 in size, with wide-open draw
and construction that allows for the easy flow of a cleaner
through to the chamber bottom.  The wood trim might be
boxwood.  Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked.
5.85" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $785.
Barbi CB #1021047BK
The most recent in-coming collection is fairly loaded with pipes
from Rainer Barbi.  Being someone who favors sandblasts, this
is one that appeals to me.  Having been in Barbi's workshop a
number of times, I know he didn't have a sandblaster.  I'm pretty
certain that he sent the pipes that he wanted to have sand
blasted to Former.  Can't do much better than that.  The wood
trim is, I think, something called Leopard Wood.  I could stand
corrected there.  About it being attractive there is no dispute.
The pipe is a 6 size, with a wide-open draw.  Surprising to me is
the fact that with just a few twists, a pipe cleaner went to the
bottom of the chamber unimpeded.  Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked.
5.3" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $750.
Joura 9 #1021052BK
This pipe was imported during the time that CAO brought in
Joura pipes.  It is probably a large Grp. 5, and despite the very
wide rim, I can squeeze my thumb into the tobacco chamber.  
The stem is brindle.  The balance is so good that the pipe sits
up and can spin around on the bowl bottom.  Unsmoked.
5.2" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $650