Which wood for making smoking pipes?

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?
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on 10/20/2007 7:26 PM Phisherman said the following:

Actually the wood comes from the White Heath tree, and from the roots.
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Phisherman wrote:

See:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Briar+blocks+pipe&btnG=Google+Search
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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.
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Curran Copeland wrote:

During WWII when the US was at war with Italy (where the briar wood for pipes comes from) pipes were made from manzanita wood, which grows over much of California.
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Phisherman wrote:

I have several made from walnut, with stems from persimmon. They look good and smoke good. But cherry sounds like a good wood.
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Go to www.pipes.org and you will find several pipe making suppliers. Also I know that Von Erk sells pre drilled blanks as well as several others. Puff

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says...

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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If you will recall, Corn Cobs work for the business end. ;~)
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lignum vitae makes a nice pipe.
some woods to avoid: purple heart walnut apatong padouk
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