Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 85
Los Altos, CA  94023

The photo depicts one of the final days of the Camelot of
tobacco shops, my own Sherlock's Haven.  To my immediate
left is both good friend and my professional consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  To my immediate right is one of the great tobacco
palates, relieving me of the chore of tasting and rating each
pipe tobacco and cigar, Johnson Tacalon.  And the tall guy
behind him was the store Mgr. and current close friend, Jim
Walker.  We're surrounded by good guys and true.  
I wanted to caption this "I knew more about pipes and tobacco
when I was 7 than you do now," but my PR dep't. said that
would be a bad idea.  Looks like old curmudgeons start as
young curmudgeons, doesn't it?  Years ago, my mother told my
then newish wife that when I was a kid, all they had to do to
keep me quiet was put a hat on my head, a corn cob in my
mouth and shove me in the back seat of the car.  My wife
replied, "nothing's changed, except he's now in the front seat."
            The Mill
March 21, 2019;
 I owe a small few of you, those who
choose to use the phone rather than e-mail,
an apology.  It goes, or went, like this:  in
order to reduce expenses, I dumped my
business phone.  It is a monthly burden and
doesn't do that much as most, but not all,
prefer the convenience of e-mail to the
possibility of intruding with a phone call.  I
much prefer e-mail as it gives me the
flexibility to read, and answer, when I can as
opposed to when "I must."
   What I did was erase the old number from
this site and post my cell number.  What folly.
One, I'm terrible with a cell phone and often
don't hear it, which is to say, yes, I hear it,
but I am not attuned to hearing it and so
dismiss the noise as something extraneous.
Calling me on the cell is wasted effort.  That
is one thing I need to apologize for.  If you've
tried to call me on my cell phone, and I didn't
respond properly, I'm sorry.  Also, don't do it
   So, I changed the phone number on the
site yet again, this time to our regular home
phone, which has an answering-machine
capacity.  If I'm not home to answer the
phone, a message left by you will be easily
retrievable by me.  This might not be a fully
successful mode, but I don't see from here
why it won't be.  A little time will tell the story.
   Again, if you feel spurned by my failure to
answer, or return, a phone call of yours,
please accept my apology.  Running a mega-
conglomerate like PulversPriorBriar is not
easy, and finding competent help is a bitch.

P.S.  It is time for me to wrap up the Rolando
Negoita project on this site.  Thus, I will be
reducing the price of the pipes on the Specials
page by degrees, until they are all gone.  For the
first two weeks, until April 1st, all listed prices
will be reduced by 10%.  Thereafter, I will reduce
prices by 2.5% each two weeks until they are all
gone or until I am gone, whichever comes first.

P.P.S. No, I do not spend all of my time
bullshitting.  A few more pipes have been
posted.  A small Peterson's Deluxe smooth on
the English page, along with a Willmer AAA.  A
near-new Davidoff small Canadian on the Misc.
page along with a silver filigreed Apple, too.  I'm
off to the gym.  If I don't get a fatal heart attack
from the exertion, I'll post more later.  I almost

We open our mouths and out flow words whose
ancestries we do not even know. We are walking
lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we
preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a
museum inside our heads, each day we
commemorate peoples of whom we have never
heard. -Penelope Lively, writer (b. 17 Mar 1933)

I finally got to post pipe # 4 in my Human Folly-
HumanTragedy series, which I am doing in
collaboration with pipe maker Don Gillmore.  
This pipe is The Children's Crusade,
representing all the centuries children have
been abused physically and emotionally,
creating a foundation for a screwed up next
On the front of the pipe's bowl is an
etched Knight's Templar Cross.  
Somehow I jumped over pipe #3 in the
Series.  The pipe, a volcano representing
the folly of building a city under a regularly
spewing Vesuvius, is in stock and only needs to
be posted.  I'll do that soon.
# 3 in the Human Folly/Human Tragedy series is
now posted.  If you think that building a city
under a live volcano, as the citizens of Pompeii
did, consider how much we've learned as a
species, with California, a state of over 30
million inhabitants, doing nothing but building
skyscrapers in cities like San Francisco, Oakland
and Los Angeles over huge fault lines.  Brilliant.


Don't forget to see the Original Sin Apple
on the Human Folly page.  It's called
"Paradise Lost" & it's the first pipe in our
ground breaking series that  points a shaming
finger at instances of thoughtless human folly
that inevitably led to human tragedy.  That first
five sold out quickly, and the 2nd group, three
of them, have just arrived.  If you want one,
please let me know now as it will be awhile
before any others are produced.
We now are also showing pipe #2 in our Human
Folly Series, The Helen of Troy, a Yachtsman
(what else) to symbolize "the face that launched
thousand ships"  and provoked a 10 year war
culminated in a demolished great city state.  
Also on the Specials page is pipe # 4, The
Children's Crusade, a reminder of the way we
abuse kids physically and emotionally, assuring
a screwed up next generation.  The shape is an
Acorn of sorts, but the defining detail is the
Cross etched on the front of the bowl.  
Pipe # 3 in the series is ready to post, too.  It is
a Volcano, which might help you remember Mt.
Vesuvius and the devastation it did to the com-
munity that oh so wisely decided to camp and
build at the bottom of a deadly, active volcano.  

It is horrifying that we have to fight our
own government to save the environment.  
Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)

Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who
wish to annoy their fellow creatures.
Oscar Wilde

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his
delusions is called a philosopher.
Ambrose Bierce

If you wish to understand a philosopher, do not
ask what he says, but find out what he wants.
Friedrich William Nietzsche

n.  A route of many roads leading
from nowhere to nothing.
Ambrose Bierce

Those who lack the courage will always find a
philosophy to justify it.
Albert Camus

available tins
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. $250.  
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.

More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:

Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50 grams.

Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30

For easy access to the address of other fine
used pipe dealers, please visit Estate Pipes
The web site is: