I thought briar wood is the wood of choice for making smoking pipes. I
have not seen this wood available anywhere. Is there another name for
"briar wood?" What other woods are suitable for making smoking pipes?
Pipes can be made out of a variety of materials, wood, clay, stone, corn
cobs, glass and the list goes on and on. Any dense wood without toxic
properties will work. I like cherry and hickory myself, I have known people
who swear by oak and others who love corn cob. Try a few different woods
and come up with your own favorites.
Bruyere is the rootstock of a mediterranean small shrub related to
heath/heather/erica. I used to buy pre-drilled blanks with matching mouthpieces
and carve my own pipes 30odd years ago when I was still smoking (still have
them some place actually, I was so proud of them). I used to get the blocks
from a specialist pipe shop. The wood can have enclosures full of sand - not
nice when you strike one while carving and that can also lead to the pipe
failing if not discovered.
I was always under the impression that "briar" actually refers to wild rose
bushes or brambles?!?
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