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luckydogguy

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What are some other types of wood that can be used in making pipes? I have seen Olive wood and Rosewood. Are these good woods? What are they good for?


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The two off the top of my head that you haven't mentioned would be cherry-wood (which IMHO really brings out the flavor of Latakia) and bog-oak which I think Trevor Talbert calls morta.
 

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I have Olive, Rose, Maple, and Cherry (my great grandfather's pipe). All smoke very well. I do prefer to smoke aromatics (what little of them I smoke!), in the maple. FTRPLT
 

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One of the best smoking pipes that I have is a Perry Poker carved out of NC Mountain Laurel. Mountain Laurel was actually used by a few of the major pipe manufacturers during WWII when Briar was scarce.

http://www.perryspipesandrepair.com/index.htm

Mountain Laurel is very similar to the Tree Heath (Erica arborea) (Briar) in wood quality as far as density and hardness.
 

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JP...Good find on Perry's website. The Raleigh and Winston-Salem papers had nice articles on this guy about a year ago. My family saved them for me. Hopefully, he will be at TAPS in April or maybe I/we can catch him at the State Fair in October! FTRPLT
 

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ftrplt":0j0yynau said:
JP...Good find on Perry's website. The Raleigh and Winston-Salem papers had nice articles on this guy about a year ago. My family saved them for me. Hopefully, he will be at TAPS in April or maybe I/we can catch him at the State Fair in October! FTRPLT
He is usually at the TAPS show. Really nice fellow too!
 

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Thanks for the input guys!


Are these other woods any less resistant to heat and burnout than regular briar pipe? What makes briar superior to other woods?




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I haven't had any problem with the Mountain Laurel and it seems to smoke exactly like Briar to me.

I also have a couple of Cherry Wood pipes that were made my Mike Brissett (Pipemaker) and they smoke very well, much like Briar to me. One positive aspect that I have noticed with Cherry Wood is that when they do heat up, they seem to cool back down at a faster rate than Briar. I don't know why that is, it is just my observation.
 

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IMHO olive wood bowls tend to get hotter quicker than briar. They are also a little heavier than a briar. Cherry wood might be a little lighter. As far as burn out goes I would think that briar would tend to burn out more so than the other two. Reason being, the hidden imperfections (i.e. sand pits) that can be in a briar block. Olive wood and cherry wood is not a root type of wood so you will not see any of these type of imperfections that could cause a burnout. The only pipe I have had a burn out on was a briar, and it was on a new pipe. Showed up after about the fifth smoke. When you look inside the bowl you can see where the sand pit is.
 
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