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.

Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood WILLARD Pipe 33
Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood WILLARD Pipe 33
$14.99
Vintage Kaywoodie Briar Estate Pipe Smoking Tobacco 5
Vintage Kaywoodie Briar Estate Pipe Smoking Tobacco 5
$12.95
Road Town  NEW UNSMOKED Light Briar  BAMBOO Estate Pipe Poker w Sleeve l89
Road Town NEW UNSMOKED Light Briar BAMBOO Estate Pipe Poker w Sleeve l89
$60.00
Vintage Hand Carved Yello Bole  Checker  Imported Briar Smoking Pipe
Vintage Hand Carved Yello Bole Checker Imported Briar Smoking Pipe
$35.00
Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood ROYAL ASCOT SUPREME 34
Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood ROYAL ASCOT SUPREME 34
$22.49
Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood REGAL DR GRABOW 36
Vintage Pre Smoked Used Estate Pipe Import Briar Wood REGAL DR GRABOW 36
$14.99
IM Corona Pure Briar Old Boy pipe pipa lighter Made in Japan rare collectible
IM Corona Pure Briar Old Boy pipe pipa lighter Made in Japan rare collectible
$143.00
Vintage Golden Sunset French Algerian Briar Lovat Pipe w 12kt Gold Plate Band
Vintage Golden Sunset French Algerian Briar Lovat Pipe w 12kt Gold Plate Band
$22.22
1929 United States Tobacco Co Old Briar Pipe Superior Quality Best Smoke ad
1929 United States Tobacco Co Old Briar Pipe Superior Quality Best Smoke ad
$7.99
Vintage MBERLY Imported BRIAR Smoking Pipe Carved slashes on Bowl Squared Stem
Vintage MBERLY Imported BRIAR Smoking Pipe Carved slashes on Bowl Squared Stem
$4.00
Rare Marxman Ubangi female Hand Carved Briar Tobacco Pipe black americana
Rare Marxman Ubangi female Hand Carved Briar Tobacco Pipe black americana
$99.00
MID CENTURY WALNUT WOOD PIPE STAND w CHOW DOG + VINTAGE ESTATE BRIAR PIPES LOT
MID CENTURY WALNUT WOOD PIPE STAND w CHOW DOG + VINTAGE ESTATE BRIAR PIPES LOT
$97.49
Vintage Medico Imported Briar Smoking Tobacco Pipe
Vintage Medico Imported Briar Smoking Tobacco Pipe
$11.50
RENAISANCE 2 by E CEVHER Briar Looking Meerschaum Pipe 2819 in a CASE pipa NEW
RENAISANCE 2 by E CEVHER Briar Looking Meerschaum Pipe 2819 in a CASE pipa NEW
$145.00
BALANDIS handmade smooth BRIAR smoking pipe mini KeyRing GULLIVER smokeable
BALANDIS handmade smooth BRIAR smoking pipe mini KeyRing GULLIVER smokeable
$6.70

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.