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

(650) 965-7403
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

Skull #714262
This is by far, along with its virgin partner above, also done by
Don Warren, the best briar skull I have seen.  it is only by
coincidence that it is being posted so near to Halloween.  
Despite the novelty aspect, which I typically eschew in a pipe,
this one does call to be smoked.  it's a true pipe.  Grp. 5.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $295.
Julius Vesz Hand Made #14188
Very good carving on the finish, complemented by that smooth
top 25% of the bowl.  Other than very light tooth chatter on the
stem (most, or all, of which I can probably polish out before
mailing this pipe) it is in exc. cond.  I must have seen this before
but I see that Julius has the pipe sized just the way Dunhill does
it...in this case a 3 in a circle.  So yes, it's a Grp. 3 in size.  
Maybe even a 4, but certainly not a large pipe.  The draw is
wide-open and the stem is vulcanite.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $75.
Wiley Ovation #14243  (SOLD 3/12/20)
The pleasure of seeing a top grade with an uncoated bowl.  
This isn't a huge pipe (a Grp. 6 size) but my thumb does fit into
the chamber.  The draw is open and Randy has used acrylic for
this stem.  If you want to know if this is a good buy, check out
the prices for his Ovation grade...his tip top.  Unsmoked.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $325.
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.
Virgin Skull #714268
This is by far, along with its red-stained partner, also done by
Don Warren, the best briar skull I have seen.  it is only by
coincidence that it is being posted so near to Halloween.  What
does the crown signify?  Don't know...maybe Scottish King
Duncan, so brutally murdered by MacBeth. He sort of rose
from the grave to get his revenge on both MacBeth and Lady
MacBeth, didn't he?  Virgin stain, virgin bowl interior.  Grp. 5.
5.85" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $295.
Paul Perri #14270
Do you know how Paul Perri started pricing his pipes?  He
found out what a truck driver earned in a day, and that was his
starting point.  Probably much the same today.  Look at the low
price on this Grp. 7-sized gem.  Wide-open draw, vulcanite stem
6.5" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight:2.75 oz., 77 grams. New. $250
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.
Kevin Arthur #1424  (SOLD 2/28/20)
When done with originality & skill, which is rare, a carved pipe
can rival a sandblast in beauty.  On balance,  I think it's a
harder skill to acquire than sandblasting, which results mainly
from a machine's input, whereas carving is all hand work.  This
one displays Kevin's creativity.  The height of the bowl may
make it a Grp. 6 in size; the draw is wide-open and the stem is
vulcanite.  the cond. is exc., & the shank extension, an acrylic,
is quite colorful 7 adds a lot to the looks of the pipe. Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2.55" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $85.
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 (SOLD)
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.
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
Paul Perri #14248
This is Paul's centenary year.  He was born in 1920 and made
his first pipe in 1927, the day that Lindbergh landed in France.
His briar isn't quite that old, but it's all close to 50 years old.
This pipe is a Grp. 7 in size (well, it certainly more-than-covers
the Grp 6 outline in the Dunhill chart) and is stamped nothing
more than "Perri."  What more do you need to know?  The
chamber walls are thick (an RCH shy of 1/2") but the chamber
easily accommodates my thumb.  The draw is wide-open & the
stem is vulcanite.  I see a ding on the bowl, which might come
out with some steam.  I can try to do that on demand.  New.
6" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $200.
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.
Neptune #102078
This pipe is the result of a collaboration between Todd Johnson
& Peter Prevost & is put out under the name of Neptune pipes.
I should know this stuff, but I had to look it up.  From what I can
see (and have seen in other Briar Works pipes) there is very
good value for the money (& excuse the redundancy).  It's a
Grp. 5 size, with open draw, and a nice blast.  This piece is in
nearly new cond.  The top of the chamber is a little thin, but the
walls quickly thicken as you go down the bowl just a bit. Used.
4.55" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 48 grams. $75.
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.
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. $225.
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.
Kaywoodie Super Grain #1437 (SOLD 1/17/20)
Bull Moose is, I think, the name of this shape.  Used to know all
the names intimately when pipe lists were created on a
typewriter.  Now, one pic is worth a lot of words, so why bother
with the discipline of minutely describing the condition and
shape of a pipe?  Every ignoramus with 6 mos. of pipe peddling
experience is as good as I am.  This Grp. 5 size piece has a
touch of wear on the inner rim, but is otherwise in exc. cond.
It might have had a metal stinger once, but if so, it has been
pulled out (& not just cut off) leaving no visible trace.  The draw
is good.  shape # is 89 and it indicates "Export" on the shank.
5.6" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $45.
Ken Erickson #623220RC  (SOLD 2/25/20)
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.
Randy Wiley Patina #1020191 (SOLD 12/28/19)
Is Randy Wiley the longest lasting U.S. craft pipe maker?  I
think so, and there must be a reason...quality & value coming
quickly to mind.  This is a large, Grp. 7 size briar with good,
clean grain.  This is stamped "10" along with the "Patina"
grade, if that means anything, like top of the Patina series.  The
draw is wide-open & with a crimp on the end of a cleaner, it will
go to the bottom of the tobacco chamber.  Cond. is exc. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 2.8" tall.  Weight: 3 oz., 85 grams. $75.
JHM #1475  (SOLD)
The initials apparently stand for John Hamilton McGrath, which,
judging from the article I read on Pipedia, leaves a bad taste in
some people's mouth.  I believe it was Scott Thile who gave
time, no little cash, and other help to McGrath, only to get stiffed
100% as JHM refused to either acknowledge attempts by Thile
to contact him or to pay back any part of his debt.  I might be
wrong regarding Thile as the wronged party, but I did see his
name in proximity to the article.  I've only met Scott once, but he
seemed like a marvelously decent, upstanding fellow and I've
never heard anything but good things about him.  That aside,
this is not a bad Grp. 4, with lots of straight grain, an open draw
and a barely smoked chamber.  Scott can have the proceeds if
he wants.  Otherwise, I'm asking just $75 for the pipe.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.45" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $75.
Mark Tinsky #102098  (RESERVED)
Don't know that I've seen a Tinsky in this shape.  it's  well done,
except for the draw, which could be more open.  I'll attend to
that issue, but not sure what can be done as it appears to be a
construction problem, having to do with angle of the air hole
into the chamber and the spot where the tenon meets that
opening in the shank.  The cond. is exc., & yr. of prod. is 2015.
4.25" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 68 grams. $65.
Rolando Negoita...Atelier Rolando #1020103
With his art and design school training, Rolando shows, with
this pipe, why that matters.  It's just a beautiful, yet simple
design, with nothing extraneous.  I hate to say this, 'cause it's
better to exceed expectations, but this looks better in person.
4.6" long, bowl 2.55" tall.  Weight: 2 oz. 55 grams. Used. $245.