Briar pipes are very popular with smokers. Briar is an excellent wood for pipes, being very easy to carve yet tough and virtually impervious to heat. They also last a long time, with many vintage pipes available to buy.

PIPE MARIO GRANDI BRIAR LARGE FIAMMATA WEIGHT84grDUBLINO FREE HAND NEW PIPES
PIPE MARIO GRANDI BRIAR LARGE FIAMMATA WEIGHT84grDUBLINO FREE HAND NEW PIPES
$55.00
Vintage Antique Italian Briar Buffalo Pipe Antler Pipe Rare  Unusual
Vintage Antique Italian Briar Buffalo Pipe Antler Pipe Rare Unusual
$77.99
The Londoner Imported Briar Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe 5 Straight Apple
The Londoner Imported Briar Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe 5 Straight Apple
$17.97
VINTAGE DEVIL FACE CENTURY OLD BRIAR SMOKING PIPE
VINTAGE DEVIL FACE CENTURY OLD BRIAR SMOKING PIPE
$35.00
Vintage CAVALCADE Imported BRIAR Smoking Pipe double line groove before bevel
Vintage CAVALCADE Imported BRIAR Smoking Pipe double line groove before bevel
$9.00
Lot of 3 briar pipes and 1horseshoe pipe stand
Lot of 3 briar pipes and 1horseshoe pipe stand
$21.50
Brand new briar pipe PARONELLI bent chimney sandblast handmade
Brand new briar pipe PARONELLI bent chimney sandblast handmade
$110.00
VTG Squat Prince Briar Smoking Pipe Top Hat London
VTG Squat Prince Briar Smoking Pipe Top Hat London
$100.00
Modernist BRIAR SMOKING PIPE w Gold Pattern Inlay and Flat Base ca1960
Modernist BRIAR SMOKING PIPE w Gold Pattern Inlay and Flat Base ca1960
$130.00
VTG Pot Billiard Briar Smoking Pipe France Slightly Used
VTG Pot Billiard Briar Smoking Pipe France Slightly Used
$100.00
Unknown Maker Imported Briar Small Bent Pipe Carved Estate Pipe
Unknown Maker Imported Briar Small Bent Pipe Carved Estate Pipe
$6.00
Vintage KBB Yello Bole Estate Tobacco Pipe Imported Briar Bent No Stem M83
Vintage KBB Yello Bole Estate Tobacco Pipe Imported Briar Bent No Stem M83
$6.51
Unknown Known Rams Head Estate Pipe Signed Dr J Heavy Briar  Cherry
Unknown Known Rams Head Estate Pipe Signed Dr J Heavy Briar Cherry
$5.00
Yellow Bole Pipe Briar Wood No Stem Round Vintage Estate Find
Yellow Bole Pipe Briar Wood No Stem Round Vintage Estate Find
$14.99
LONDON MADE BRIAR REFURBISHED ESTATE PIPE UNSMOKED
LONDON MADE BRIAR REFURBISHED ESTATE PIPE UNSMOKED
$17.72

The Briar burl is unique amongst all woods used in making pipes. Briar is actually a burl on the roots of the white heath tree. Low growing and hearty, the white heath is a shrub-like plant, growing mainly in the dry, rocky areas around the Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes they are referred to as Heather Trees.

Briar wood is ideal for pipe making as it is a tough material, porous and virtually impervious to heat. Often, the burls can be 50 or even 100 years old when they are dug up for pipe making. It was only in the second half of the 19th Century that Briar was seen as an ideal material for the manufacture of smoking pipes. Clay and Meerschaum had become established materials long before this.

It was around 1840 that a pipe maker called Francois Comoy first started carving his pipes from Bruyere, later to become known as Briar. The very first Briar pipes were bought into England in the mid-1850's. Comoy first started carving in Saint-Claude, France, later to become known as the pipe making capital. To begin with only straight pipes were being carved from Briar, most often being fitted with amber, horn or vulcanite mouth pieces. It is often said that the beauty of a wood pipe cannot be denied or matched. Not many people argue this point.