Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 85
Los Altos, CA  94023

The photo depicts one of the final days of the Camelot of
tobacco shops, my own Sherlock's Haven.  To my immediate
left is both good friend and my professional consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  To my immediate right is one of the great tobacco
palates, relieving me of the chore of tasting and rating each
pipe tobacco and cigar, Johnson Tacalon.  And the tall guy
behind him was the store Mgr. and current close friend, Jim
Walker.  We're surrounded by good guys and true.  
I wanted to caption this "I knew more about pipes and tobacco
when I was 7 than you do now," but my PR dep't. said that
would be a bad idea.  Looks like old curmudgeons start as
young curmudgeons, doesn't it?  Years ago, my mother told my
then newish wife that when I was a kid, all they had to do to
keep me quiet was put a hat on my head, a corn cob in my
mouth and shove me in the back seat of the car.  My wife
replied, "nothing's changed, except he's now in the front seat."
 The Mill

Aug. 16, 2019.
The following was sent to me by my friend, and
author, Regis McCafferty.  I have the link, but
I'm still not sure where he found it, other than
the home page says "OAF Nation."  The OAF
might be an acronym.  I think you'll like it.  The  
initial quote is merely the introduction to the
“A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the
source of pleasure, the companion of the wise;
and the man who smokes, thinks like a
philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.” –Edward

The lost art of pipe smoking has slowly but
surely been climbing back into vogue. For many,
smokers and nonsmokers alike, the sweet
aroma of burning pipe tobacco takes them back
to fond memories of their childhood, playing on
the floor while their grandfather puffs away in
his rocking chair. For others, the sweet smell
reminds them of Sherlock Holmes, Gandalf the
Grey, or other literary heroes. Some people see
anyone under the age of eighty with a briar pipe
clenched between their teeth and assume it’s
another hipster who calls himself a mixologist
and insists music can’t be appreciated unless
it’s on vinyl. Regardless of how many
Portlandians reach for the pipe as a fashion
accessory, pipe smoking will likely stand the
test of time, outlasting cigarettes and cementing
its place at your local tobacconist between the
Camachos and Cohibas.
Pipe smoking may be experiencing a
resurgence, but it is the oldest method of
smoking tobacco. First enjoyed by Native
Americans in the sixteenth century, tobacco
pipes remained the most widespread way to
enjoy the vice until cigarettes were popularized
by British soldiers during the Crimean war. Even
after cigarettes became fashionable in Europe, it
was not until after World War I that the world
seemed to trade their pipes in for machine rolled
Tobacco has been a staple crop of the Americas
since before Europeans colonized the
continents. As soon as quality American leaves
began to be shipped across the Atlantic,
tobacco has been as cherished by the soldier as
dry gunpowder. Tobacco contains Nicotine: a
stimulant. It is no secret to anyone who has
stood a post or sat in a fighting hole to
appreciate why soldiers crave stimulants.
Almost immediately, the pipe became a loyal
companion to the world’s combatants. Whether
standing in the trenches or on the deck of a
man-of-war, tobacco pipes were a staple of
military service. As seen in Peter Jackson’s
2018 masterpiece They Shall Not Grow Old, the
troops of World War I were rarely without a pipe
in their mouth. The World War II flicks of the
1940s and 50s emphasize the popularity of
Lucky Strikes and other rationed cigarettes, but
a brief dive into wartime photographs reveal the
pipe never left. Tobacco pipes remained popular
throughout Korea and Vietnam as well. It is
much easier to store loose tobacco and a pipe
than a soft-pack filled with paper cigarettes in
the austere conditions of battlefields. The
newest generation of warfighters have shown
an ever-increasing interest in the world of pipe
Pipes, like cigars, can seem both enticing and
intimidating. No one is sure where to begin, and
no one wants to look like a fool when they walk
into the local cigar shop without a clue of what
to ask for. And like cigars, the only way to learn
is to jump in headfirst. There is an
overwhelming variety of pipe tobaccos out
there, ranging from a few dollars for a bag to a
over one hundred dollars for a small tin− don’t
let the snobs fool you, all pipe tobacco is worth
smoking but not all of it is worth buying. Begin
by sampling a few cheaper blends. Decide if you
prefer English blends (no added flavoring and
typically containing oriental tobaccos) or
Aromatics (lightly flavored), from there the
world is your oyster. As far as pipes go, the
price variation is even more severe. I always tell
people to pick up a Missouri Meerschaum Corn
Cob (under $20) because they’re cheap, smoke
great, and Popeye smoked one. If you have
something against corn then pick up an estate
pipe that you like the look of, but don’t spend
more than $100.  Be patient learning how to
smoke your pipe. It will take a few tries before
you can smoke it smoothly without re-lights.
Enjoy the process.
Pipe smoking is far more calming than any other
form of tobacco use. Despite being a stimulant,
the slow nature of pipe smoking forces your
mind to slow down. It has always been the
working man’s means to meditation. The
process of packing, lighting, and smoking a
deep bowl of burley is a sure way to ease your
mind and let you contemplate the things you
hadn’t even been aware were plaguing you. Pipe
smoking is the philosopher’s hobby and the
warrior’s way to introspection. Worried pipe
smoking is too pretentious a hobby? I’ll leave
you with this−
Upon his retirement, Chesty Puller exclaimed all
he would need for the remainder of his life was
his wife’s cooking and a daily tin of pipe

-Mac, Pipes & Pages

The latest editions on the various
pages are two Mike Butera pipes, a
handsome Wenhall and a similarly well
done Cellini Original, all on the U.S.
page, plus two Castellos on the Italian
page and a 1971 Dunhill Tanshell Pot
on the English page.  

Remember: "
We are all bozos on this

A riff on the above quote came in today from
a friend: Blessed are we who can laugh at
ourselves for we shall never cease to be

It is time for me to begin wrapping up the
Rolando Negoita project on this site.  Thus, I will
be  reducing the price of the pipes on the
Specials page by degrees, until they are all
gone.  We have reached phase 8 of the
discounts and all pipes that were donated for
Rolando will be reduced by 35%.  The next
reduction commences Aug. 2
0th, and will make
the discount 37
.5%.  Check out the Specials

The ability of so many people to live
comfortably with the idea of capital punishment
is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans
were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust:
Once you accept the notion that the state has
the right to kill someone and the right to define
what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway
there? -Roger Ebert, film-critic (18 Jun 1942-

I finally got to post pipe # 4 in my Human Folly-
HumanTragedy series, which I am doing in
collaboration with pipe maker Don Gillmore.  
This pipe is The Children's Crusade,
representing all the centuries children have
been abused physically and emotionally,
creating a foundation for a screwed up next
On the front of the pipe's bowl is an
etched Knight's Templar Cross.  
Somehow I jumped over pipe #3 in the
Series.  The pipe, a volcano representing
the folly of building a city under a regularly
spewing Vesuvius, is in stock and only needs to
be posted.  I'll do that soon.
# 3 in the Human Folly/Human Tragedy series is
now posted.  If you think that building a city
under a live volcano, as the citizens of Pompeii
did, consider how much we've learned as a
species, with California, a state of over 30
million inhabitants, doing nothing but building
skyscrapers in cities like San Francisco, Oakland
and Los Angeles over huge fault lines.  Brilliant.

Don't forget to see the Original Sin Apple
on the Human Folly page.  It's called
"Paradise Lost" & it's the first pipe in our
ground breaking series that  points a shaming
finger at instances of thoughtless human folly
that inevitably led to human tragedy.  That first
five sold out quickly, and the 2nd group, three
of them, have just arrived.  If you want one,
please let me know now as it will be awhile
before any others are produced.
We now are also showing pipe #2 in our Human
Folly Series, The Helen of Troy, a Yachtsman
(what else) to symbolize "the face that launched
thousand ships"  and provoked a 10 year war
that culminated in a demolished great city
Also on the Specials page is pipe # 4, The
Children's Crusade, a reminder of the way we
abuse kids physically and emotionally, assuring
a screwed up next generation.  The shape is an
Acorn of sorts, but the defining detail is the
Cross etched on the front of the bowl.  
Pipe # 3 in the series is ready to post, too.  It is
a Volcano, which might help you remember Mt.
Vesuvius and the devastation it did to the com-
munity that oh so wisely decided to camp and
build at the bottom of a deadly, active volcano.  

It is horrifying that we have to fight our
own government to save the environment.  
Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)

Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who
wish to annoy their fellow creatures.
Oscar Wilde

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his
delusions is called a philosopher.
Ambrose Bierce

If you wish to understand a philosopher, do not
ask what he says, but find out what he wants.
Friedrich William Nietzsche

n.  A route of many roads leading
from nowhere to nothing.
Ambrose Bierce

Those who lack the courage will always find a
philosophy to justify it.
Albert Camus

available tins
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100

New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.

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