Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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Kaywoodie White Briar #8980
This has shape 12B Stamped on it.  It's a Grp. 4 in size & it's
also unsmoked.  Much more than that can't be said, although if
you're curious, yes, the stinger is fully intact.  Unsmoked.
5.55" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $35.
Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 85
Los Altos CA  94022

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Paul Bonaquisti #529210RC  (SOLD)
There are a lot of superb carvers working today, maybe too
many considering the small number of pipe smokers.  Yet there
aren't enough, in my opinion, focusing with a passion on the
classic shapes.  When that is done, as with Former, the shape
rises above itself and shows why it has been so beloved for so
long & why smokers lean on those shapes when they want a
comfortable, comforting smoke.  In the U.S. the man providing
that passion in Paul Bonaquisti.  This is just shy of Grp. 6 size.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 48 grams. New. $325.
Butera Textured Classic #714145
There must be some way that you can go wrong by buying a
Butera, but I haven't yet come up with a way of doing that.  This
is a Grp. 6 size beauty, with the kind of blast, i.e. "texture" that
earns it the title of textured classic.  You can safely bet your
home that if Mike designates a pipe 'textured' it is most
definitely just that.  He's a bit obsessive that way.  The draw is
open and the one drawback to its condition is a tooth indent on
the bottom of the stem.  It's dated 1987 and that's a sign to
both Mike and myself how quickly time has flown.  Just
yesterday to the two of us.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $475.
GRC Grade C #1123190
There is a burn mark on the rim, but it's isolated and does not
impact the chamber, which is in exc. cond., as is the brindle
stem.  It is a small pipe, probably a Grp. 3 size, with thin walls,
but it does not create a hot smoke.  (Yes, I've smoked it to see.)
If you like it, act fast 'cause Darius' pipes always sell quickly.
5.2" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 5/8 oz., 19 grams. Used. $75.
Ed Andrew #623146
Ed, another one of those very fine human beings who was also
a pipe maker (is it a coincidence?  Such a huge percentage of
pipe makers seem to also be very good people) generally made
larger pipes.  His popularity in the U.S. was not broad, but he
eventually got noticed by the Japanese and his name flourished
in that country.  This is a Grp. 4 size octagonal panel in exc.
cond. with an open draw & thin braided silver band.  Used.
5.95" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $125.
Blatter Bros. Selected #45-199PN
Blatter Bros. in Montreal is one of the legendary pipe shops
that gets handed down from generation-to-generation, and
eyes, the influenc comes from Charatan free hand styles, but
for all I know, it's the other way around.  Certainly, in both
cases, plenty of briar is employed to create large pipes for
those who like a solid handful.  Notice the use of "Selected" to
describe the grade of the pipe.  The condition here is excellent
and the draw wide open.  The stem, though large, is very
comfortable.  The bowl walls are thick, so the chamber is not
too large.  I'd call this a Grp. 6 in size, but maybe it's a large 5.
5.8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. Used. $115.
Julius Vesz Hand Cut #218216PN
Despite the nice Calabash-like touch on the rim, and the 3/4
bend, the shape of the bowl still reminds me of the old,
pre-WWII shapes from companies like Ben Wade when they
were produced in Leeds.  Group 5 in size, and open in draw,
the cond. is exc. Just a twist of the cleaner and it goes through.
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. Used. $175.
DSH (David S. Huber) "Tilted Shank" #210-126
This is the first DSH pipe pipe to appear on my site, and I truly
hope to have many more.  That, of course, will depend on how
you take to his pipes.  From my perspective, they are a joy to
look at and hold and hopefully, smoke.  That is always the
challenge, isn't it?  This refined gem is about a Grp. 2 size, so it
is quite small... something that would add a lot of extra pleasure
to a bowl of strong, full bodied and tasty Virginia/Perique flake.
Wonderful stem work, creating a flat, comfortable dark brindle
vulcanite, along with a wide-open draw.  Everything is "just so."
4.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $425.
Jody Davis Saint with Halo #45029DB (SOLD 9/9/19)
Jody must have gone ape-gazang when he was finished with
this pipe and nothing popped up at the last second to mar the
quality of the grain.  A saint with a halo is his highest grade &
nothing here argues for anything less.  The pipe is a Grp. 5 in
overall size, but the chamber is narrow, but deep...probably
equivalent to a Grp. 3 in capacity. The draw is open, the stem
is ebonite & the wood trim is an extension of the stem & not the
shank.  On his site, Jody has a Halo piece for $2300 with far
less good grain and a badly placed hunk of the plateau on the
side of the bowl that he tries to excuse away by saying it
complements the black stem.  For $100 more, this is the far
better  piece.  The pipe comes in a special wooden, cylindrical
case, so if you buy it, please remind me to include that.  New.
5.6" long.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $2400.
Kaywoodie Matched Grain Set #714240
About all I can add to what you can see in the photos is that
despite the wear on the leathger of the case, the clasp works
just fine.  The pipes are either large Grp. 4 in size or Grp. 5.  
The tenons are regular push-pull with no stingers.  $125.
Clarence Mickles #61416RC
Because the pipe doesn't project itself as huge, you have to see
it next to a standard Grp. 4 to recognize its size.  Certainly a Grp
7 in size, if such a Grp. existed.  The condition is near-new.  At
least, I think it's used.  It's hard to tell for sure.  The draw is
open and a pipe cleaner goes through to the chamber bottom.
6" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 88 grams. Used. $185.
Elliott Nachwalter #623166
It's a Grp. 6 size, with a large capacity chamber and open draw.
This one has the NYC stamp & a good amount of straight &
flame grain.  The cond. is exc., & has clearly been smoked very
little.  The pipe hangs nicely for the jaw with a vulcanite stem.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight:1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. Used. $75.
Colin Rigsby Rhodesian #425-0376
On the matter of shape names, reasonable men can disagree.
Colin, who is only responsible for the creation of this pipe, callis
it, on my invoice, a Rhodesian.  I would call it a modified
Calabash.  If you are conflict averse, stay away from this pipe.  
If, however, you really do believe a rose by any other name
would still be a rose (and not a Lily, or a Petunia or a Violet or a
Daisy, ad nauseam) and are taken by the handsome work that
went into it, allow me to provide the germand data.  The bowl
trim appears to be olive wood, the stem trim boxwood. New
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams.  $195.
Colin Rigsby Blowfish #425-0381
Colin is developing a name for his pipes, now that his Billard
was chosen to part of the K.C. club's 7 Day Set.  And
recognition for true ability and talent is a good thing.  But,if
somebody hasn't yet received good publicity, will the buying
public know enough to buy, on their own,  a good thing when
they see it?  Likely not.  That is why master artists are so often
not appreciated until they are dead and a long list of educated
critics have given their works good reviews.  Only then do the
buyers feel secure enough to spend their money.  So it goes
even with pipes and pipe makers.  I mention it because this is a
pretty nifty pipe, with lots of well thought out and executed
design elements, attached to Colin's insistence on excellent
engineering (or at least that's what he says on his card).  The
brindle stem is flat, narrow and therefore very comfortable.  
The draw is wide-open and the opening is at the right exact
spot in the chamber.  The use of color and texture is also
superb.  And for all that work, the price is right.  New.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $265.
Mark Tinsky Xmas 2008 #71446 (SOLD 8/18/19)
There is a wide but very shallow tooth indent on the bottom of
the stem.  it's a vulcanite stem.  The cond. is very good, with
just some carbon residue on the rim.  It's Grp. 4 size, with an
open draw.  I was about to describe the carved finish as coal-
like and then turned to the nomenclature and see that Mark
does indeed call it a "Naked Coral" finish.  Got one right.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $65.
Mike Butera Classic #52991
For the finest in classic shapes, I just don't know how anyone
could do better than Mike Butera.  Mike is the kind of good
obsessive who would go to Italy, hand choose the blocks he
wanted and inscribe his name on the blocks so that they could
not be substituted for inferior blocks, not to impugn the integirty
of italian mill owners.  (Indeed, in all my years in the business,
I've only had to intercede once, with a threat the mill owner
understood, to get the inferior briar that was shipped &
replaced with the proper grade that was ordered and paid for.)
This Grp. 5 is in exc. cond. & despite the bend a cleaner flows
to the bottom of the chamber.  Acrylic stem. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $475.
RMF #89-233
Let's see if this helps launch a new pipe-making career.  
Richard Friedman, yachtsman supreme, is now making fine
briar pipes, & I've been afforded the opportunity to present them
to you.  While the briar is so clean that it only needs a slight
stain to enhance the grain, the stain Richard uses is less of an
orange than my poor photography depicts.  It is more of the
natural English Tan we all like so much, the one that darkens
beautifully as it is smoked.  As you can see, the bowl is left
entirely natural for you to imbue with the taste you prefer, and
not the taste of some ersatz carbon coating.  The draw is wide-
open.  This is a Grp. 4 in size and the stem logo appears to be
mother of pearl although I need to confer with Richard when he
is finished escorting people around the coast of Alaska in his
yacht.  It's a trip I dearly want to take.  New.
4.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 18 oz., 33 grams. $315.
Sam Learned #11729FT
No longer making pipes, it wasn't long ago that Sam was one of
the hottest new American pipe makers.  He was definitely in the
vanguard of this new wave and he was most certainly one of
the very most innovative carvers of his era.  This piece is from
1999, judging from the stamping on the shank; the draw is open
& a cleaner goes right to the chamber.  Grp. 5 in size. New.
5.15 long, bowl 1.85 tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $150.
Wenhall Presidential #714139
The part of the Wenhall story I like best is where pipe makers
Michael Kabik & Glen Hedelson decide they didn't like, or trust,
the owner of Wenhall and stopped making pipes for him.  I think
that guy went to jail not too long after Kabik made that sound
decision.  Regardless, this Presidential is one of the lines that
Kabik did make in the U.S. (Some Wenhalls were apparently
made in Denmark by Kark Erik.)  It's a Grp. 6 size, with an open
draw.  There is some carbon on the rim, but no wear & the stem
is mark-free.  Wonder what these went for new in the 70's. Used
5.85" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $60.
RMF #89-257
Grp. 5 in size, with some very handsome straight grain, clean
wood and an open draw.  As adornment, there are little balls of
Richard and get that straight for you.  The stem material is
neither acrylic nor vulcanite, and will not oxidize.  I didn't write
all this down, as I knew I should have, when I saw and
purchased these RMF pipes in Chicago. Light & comfy.   New.
5.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $345.
RMF 89-280
For me, it is apparently difficult to get the tone right when the
briar is barely stained, or not stained at all.  Important for you to
know is that the wood is so clean that nothing requires covering
with a dark stain.  Aside from the length, enhanced by the dark
bamboo, the pipe is a Grp. 3 in size, with a delicate look to the
shaping of the bowl.  It has an open draw and I can see it
complementing a beautiful woman's face with an equally
beautiful, light and refined pipe.   New.
6" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $325
Elliott Nachwalter #21023
Of all the possible design flaws when making a pipe, the one
that gets my goat the most is when the maker drills the
chamber too large for the proportions of the bowl, as in this
pipe.  It's not that the walls are dangerously thin...I doubt that's
the case.  It's just that the chamber diameter is too large in
these cases.  It offends my sense of balance, which is all critical
in a well constructed pipe.  There is also a tooth mark on the
top of the stem...but it doesn't compromise the stem or pipe.  
Overall it's a Grp. 5 size.  Used.
4.9" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $45.
David S. Huber #1112148
comes through in two dimensional photos because I am not
able, in a verbal description, to get across the essence of this
pipe. An analogy I would reach for is somebody who buys an
expensive jacket, thinking it's only going to be for special
occasions and unconsciously finding it so comfortable and all
around suitable that he eventually wears it into the ground on a
you.  Anyhow, it's about a Grp. 5 in size, has a wide-open draw
& what looks like boxwood trim on the shank & stem.  New.
5.1" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $450.
DHS #45209
Like you, I often have to buy pipes from photos.  It sure is nice
when the pipe comes in looking better and more appealing in
the hand than it did on the paper.  This is one of those pipes.
I'm not sure exactly why I bought it, but in person it is a pure
charmer, from it's size (Grp. 3) to the subtlety shaped bowl
bottom to the impressive & almost perfectly placed cross grain &
Bird's Eye.  The draw is wide-open & the stem comfortable. New
4.85" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $650.
Butera Vintage Classic #714156 (SOLD)
The shank alone is 2.75" long. It's a large pipe.  The blast ex-
hibits ring grain top to bottom of bowl & the cond. is exc.  Mike
stamped this "Amber," which is a new designation to me, but
maybe not to close followers of his work.  There is also a 76G
on the pipe (with the "G" perhaps standing for Giant.  Also a 5
in a circle and a 90, which might be the year of production.  A
lot of nomenclature and a lot of pipe.  (Barely) used.
6.75" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $525.
Walt Cannoy #623230RC
More of a sculpture than a pipe, I should think, but in very good
cond. & with an open draw.  Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $250.
J.D. Smoking Pipes #12359
If it's still right above, this reverses that pipe, with a blasted
bowl and smooth shank.  Again, a Grp. 5 with a wide-open
draw and hand-cut stem.  New.
5.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.85 oz, 51 grams. $195.
Mike Butera Classic #529232
That little bit of carbon residue on the inner chamber rim is the
only imperfection on this pipe.  There are no tooth marks on
the stem.  The draw is wide-open & a cleaner flows to the bot-
tom of the chamber.  It's a Grp. 6 size with that tall bowl. Used.
5.9" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $495.
David S. Huber #1112143
This young pipe maker has the goods.  This is one of two pipes
they are both beautiful and reveal a lot of attention to detail as
they are both beautiful and reveal a lot of attention to detail as
well as creativity within the bounds of making a functional pipe.
Despite a large diameter bowl, it feels very good in the hand,
and despite being short, it doesn't feel out of proportion.  The
way the touch of plateau  acts with the sculpted rim gives it an
extra frisson of artistic quality.  Note, too, that the end of the
shank carries through the sculpted rim.  Construction is such
that the draw is wide-open, the stem handcut.  In  short,  a very
well thought out pipe, along with being a delight to look at. New
4.85" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $450.
Stephen Downie Calabash #108-02
We are all lucky that pipe smoking has such a sparse following,
there really isn't, not any significant demand) items such as this
would command thousands of dollars.  Think of both the skill
required to make this pipe, the cost of materials, and the time
required to inlay woods and have them fit tightly.  Or, to
re-frame it (pun semi-intended) go to any optometrist and see
what they want to charge you for a crap, stamped-out frame.
I'm sure I've paid $500 for something easily worth $5.  What I
have negelected to talk about, so far, is the quality and fit and
finish of this specific pipe.  Tight and precise is what comes to
mind.  It is also large.  And unlike the Pioneer Calabashes of
yore, this was made by a pipe man and thus has an open draw.
7.25" long, bowl 3" tall.  Weight: 5.5 oz., 157 grams. New. $425.
DSH (David Huber) #45180
When you hold this pipe in your hand, you quickly understand
why a Billiard like this one is such a favorite for people that
want a pipe to smoke as opposed to one with which to show off.
David's devotion and seriousness to pipe making is evinced by
his trip to Denmark to learn from almost all the greats of that
nation.  This is a Grp. 3 size, with a comfortable, flat stem. New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 21 grams. $425.
Mariner #45132AG
This pipe is dated 1979 and I've known Joe almost since that
time, so I took him for granted.  It has taken the perspective of
time, and distance, for me to appreciate his intricate carving &
the fact that he might have been the first, certainly one of the
first, to take such liberties with briar. (Others understood the
quality of Joe's work and he has won many awards for his
designs, including those judged by other pipe makers.) This is
one of his more complex pieces and is certainly as much
sculpture as pipe, although the draw is open and the straight
grain stellar and the wood the best available.  New, today, this
pipe would sell on Joe's site for around $1000, judging from
those on his site.  The cond. is exc.  Used.
5.85" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 72 grams. $245.
Kaywoodie White Briar #89107
Rhodesian-like bowl shape, although the pipe does not thave
the thick-chunky shank of a Rhodesian.  The shape # stamped
on the shank is 60B.  It's a Grp. 4 size& everything is intact.
5.15" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. New.$35.
Kaywoodie Flame Grain #714-86
The stinger has been removed, but the stem lines up properly
on the threads and there is nothing more than a suggestion of
a tooth mark on the bottom of the stem.  It's a small pipe...Grp. 3
in size, with an open draw.  There are a few minor dings on the
bowl & the shape number is 01, if that helps you date it.  
Used.5" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $35.
Elliott Nachwalter #227107
Not only is the grain here just terrific, it doesn't fall off at the
front, as is commonly the case.  It is solid for 360 degrees.  The
draw is open.  As the pipe is unsmoked, the vulcanite stem is
free of bite marks (not that one couldn't chomp on a stem &
leave the pipe unlit.  I see it all the time).  It's Grp. 5 size. New.
5.45" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $150.
Paul Bonaquisti #117171AG
When I think of Paul, I think of love, so of course I look favorably
on his pipes, but then, who doesn't?  Deep, tight craggy blast
like no one else.  And all the care & concern about executing a
shape correctly that can be brought to the subject.  So, unless
you are personally clumsy, this Horn will never let embers rain
down on your slacks.  It's also a joy to hold.  The draw is wide-
open.  It's a Grp. 4 size chamber, but deep, of course.  The
brindle stem is vulcanite & the pipe is in exc. cond.  Used.
6" long.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $245.
Ken Erickson #623220RC
If you are a lover of fine, tight straight grain, you must take a
look at, and give some consideration to this Grp. 6 size beauty
from Calif. pipe maker (deceased...pipe was made in 1967) Ken
Erickson.  The Bird's Eye on the bottom of the bowl is worth the
price. The cond. is exc.,the draw open, the stem vulcanite.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $250.