I'm a huge fan of Ian Walkers work with the two standout pieces of his work being the sea Urchin and the Helix on a recent phonemail I asked if he could combine the both in to one pipe. I could hear from his voice that he though I must be crazy however out it has come and I am so please with this piece. This is the first and currently the only Sea Urchin with a Helix stem in the world!! There is definitely a lot going on with this pipe, to me it is a work of art and magnificently displays Ian's exceptional skil!
The Sea Urchin is Ian's signature piece, this hand carved pipe is a testament to the skill and dedication he puts into his work. The pipe takes many hours to carve and done completely by hand. The Urchin features a slight curve the stem making this a well balanced pipe for smoking, even with the large bowl. This is one of the smaller Urchin pipes, but still carries a very large impact and will be the focal point of any conversation while smoking.
Every Northern Briar's pipe is made by hand on a 70 foot traditional British narrow boat. Originally these boats transported Coal, Lumber and other materials / products around the UK. Now converted with a very small work shop, Ian works and lives on board. Ever pipe Ian creates is based in the grain, shape and size of the briar, giving each pipe its own unique quality. Ian is a third generation pipe maker and been involved in pipe making since he was young boy. Like all family business, Ian started off polishing and worked his way up, over the years he was taught silversmithing from his grandfather and stem production by his father. Before his father stopped making pipes, Ian's main role was repairs and stem manufacture. Now Northern Briar's are one of the biggest selling Artisan pips produced in the UK, with many going around the world.
With his history and attention to detail Northern Briar pipes offer the smoker the chance to own a piece of classic English manufacture, without the production line attitude found with the remaining UK factories. Ever pipe is made form Mediterranean briar and using German rods for Vulcanite & acrylic stems.
This pipes comes in a leather pipe bag and gilted/maroon box. Due to the nature of these pipe, we only have the model shown/described on this page, once its gone, its gone.
Pipe Material : Briar
Shape : Sea Urchin Helix
Finish : Carved
Colour : Brown
Mouthpiece : Cumberland (Fishtail)
Filter : None
Pipe Length : 158mm
Pipe Height : 46 mm
Pipe Width : 65 mm
Chamber Width : 20.5 mm
Pipe Weight : 78 grams
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