What is a pipe made of? – Part 2

The name, Erica arborea, comes from the Latin “arboreus”, because the plant is a shrub that can take the features and dimensions of a small tree, since it can be up to six meters high. In particular, the male plant gives rise to only one large main branch, the female can have more than one. The inflorescences are white and the ease of cultivation makes the heather an excellent .

What is a pipe made of? – Part 1

We have written about the finishes of the pipes. But we have devoted little space to the raw materials with which the pipes are made. What, then, are the pipes made of? Leaving aside the mouthpiece, almost always in ebonite or methacrylate and of which we will write later, the premise is that, in the world, there are pipes made in the most varied materials. The choice between one and .

Which pipe for the neophyte?

One of the most common and most concrete questions in the world of the pipe is: what is the most suitable pipe for the neophyte. In fact, in almost all the countries of the world, in the past, it was easy to learn in the family or at work how smoking a pipe, because this wonderful tool for smoking was popular among the population. Almost always there was a .

Pipe and finishing: straight grain pipes

Previously we have written extensively about the main pipe finishing, hinting several times, among the smooth pipes, to the so-called “straight grain pipes“. At this point, it is interesting to explore this theme, since the pipes that have this feature are considered among the most valuable (if not the most valuable ever) and desired. First, the ” straight grain pipe” is a pipe smooth that presents .

Pipe and finishing: rusticated pipes

When the wood has not any particular veins and some aesthetic defects, while being perfect from a functional point of view, the pipemaker decides to make a rusticated pipe. With a special tool called gouger (but there are also rusticated pipe made with other tools and even with various types of machinery) the pipemaker works the surface of the pipe in order to make it rough and irregular. In .

Pipe and finishing: sandblasted pipes

When a pipe has a beautiful wood, with a beautiful vein or an important flame, but, at the same time, some aesthetic defect that cannot be covered neither with paint, sandblasting is applied. Sandblasting tears off the softer parts of the wood, highlighting the grain and wood rings. In this way, the surface of the pipe is covered with more or less regular designs, generally very pleasant, which transform .

Pipe and finishing: smooth pipes

The arborea erika briar pipes may present surface finishing of various kinds. The possibilities are almost endless, and over the years there have been many experiments by artisans. They have also collaborated with each other or with artists from different disciplines from pipemaking. In short, as well as design, also finishing decisively characterizes a pipe. According to the experience of many smokers this is done not only on the .

Which kind of pipe did Sherlock Holmes really smoked?

Which kind of pipe did Sherlock Holmes really smoked? Easy: none… he neither existed 🙂 Ok… again… in the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which kind of pipe did Sherlock Holmes smoked? In the collective imagination, Sherlock Holmes is a chain smoker of calabash pipe. And just when it is not the classic and true in calabash it’s a pipe with a stove in sea foam and with a similar .


Two of the most common types of pipe on the market are definitely “Bulldog” and “Rhodesian”. They are often each other confused because, apparently, they are very similar and there are not defined distinguishing criteria. They are classic pipes with impeccable English aplomb and they are also considered more casual than other types of pipe characterized by more slender and linear forms. The bulldog and rhodesian must have a .


In the collective imagination, one of the classic forms of pipe is the Calabash. It is so famous that the traditional iconography is Sherlock Holmes who smokes just this kind of pipe. However, at the time, the most common pipe was straight and calabash wasn’t yet famous, so surely Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he thought his detective, did not think about this pipe characterised by the evident curvature. .