• Bamboo and Plateau Dublins by Adam Remington and Grant Batson

    Plateau Revisited

    Today we’re going to take a look at an older piece written by Ethan Brandt on his Blog; Pipe School featured on Quality Briar.  Ethan took some time after the Chicago pipe show to analyze his purchases and found a common theme amongst his pipes, they all had some form of natural plateau on the […]

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    Dual Vices: Pairing Tobacco and Drinks

    Sitting down with your favorite tobacco and a trusted pipe is a wonderful experience. Sitting down with a good beer in a frosty mug is also a moment to savor. It’s only natural that we put the two together. Before proceeding too far on the analysis of flavor pairings, let me explain that most scientific […]

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    Pipe Maker Review: Steve Liskey (Part 1 of the Best Dollar for Dollar Pipe Maker Series)

    A lot of people use the phrase “best pound for pound fighter” when describing a historic boxer or martial arts expert.  Rather than making Steve Morissette and Rad Davis have a beard pulling contest (though don’t think I won’t try that in the future….Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, come see the best beards in the biz shave […]

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    Pipe Maker Review: Trever Talbert

    Travel in time with me back 16 years ago to 1997 (can’t believe it’s been 16 years).  I was a senior in high school and prepping for my journey into college.  I had just turned 18 was thinking about what kind of crazy trouble I could get into with my new found Adult status.  My […]

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    Dealer Review: Scandinavian Pipes (Scandpipes.com)

    One of the great joys of pipe making is the thrill and enjoyment of buying a pipe directly from a pipe maker.  There are so many artistic forms where a person never gets to actually interact with the artist, so it is a pleasure and an honor that we pipe collectors have the benefit of […]

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    Pipe Maker Review: Boris Starkov

    Anyone who has spent time with either Ethan Brandt or myself discussing pipes knows that we are both fans of the Russian school of pipe making.  In the modern age of master pipe craft there are few artisans that can rival the Russians for their creativity and engineering prowess.  I have long been a fan […]

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    Pipe Maker and Dealer Reviews Go Live

    The pipe world is a strange and glorious place.  Pipes are available in darn near every country in the world with every continent featuring at least one or two highly skilled pipe makers.  From inexpensive pipes in your local drug store to a $50,000.00 Bo Nordh, the pipe collector and pipe smoker have a myriad […]

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    Welcome Ethan Brandt, BPG’s Official Professor of Pipes

    Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the Briar Portrait Gallery and there is no better way to celebrate than to make tons of announcements (take a look at the new Pipe Maker and Dealer Review board).  First and foremost we would like to welcome long time friend and contributor of the BPG, Ethan Brandt, to […]

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    Why In the World Are We Doing Briar Portraits?

    Why We Do What We Do by Dustin Babitzke   Since the inception of the Briar Portrait Gallery I have received hundreds of emails.  Many offer excitement at what we are doing and asking questions of how we achieve the illustrated effects of our Briar Portraits.  Others ask why on Earth we would want to […]

Bamboo and Plateau Dublins by Adam Remington and Grant Batson

Plateau Revisited

Today we’re going to take a look at an older piece written by Ethan Brandt on his Blog; Pipe School featured on Quality Briar.  Ethan took some time after the Chicago pipe show to analyze his purchases and found a common theme amongst his pipes, they all had some form of natural plateau on the […]

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Why In the World Are We Doing Briar Portraits?

Why We Do What We Do by Dustin Babitzke   Since the inception of the Briar Portrait Gallery I have received hundreds of emails.  Many offer excitement at what we are doing and asking questions of how we achieve the illustrated effects of our Briar Portraits.  Others ask why on Earth we would want to […]

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The Pipe Smoker’s Poker Deck is now on sale!

We’re back from an amazing Chicagoland Pipe Show and we were blown away by the reception of the Pipe Smoker’s Poker Deck.  Over 200 of the initial 500 deck run flew off the shelves at the show.   We’ve returned from the show and now it’s your turn to get your hands on the deck that took […]