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Old 10-04-2019, 07:24 AM   #21
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Default Re: Why is it still ivory that's No.1?

Do you think Briar root would make a good projecting mount material?

Until the start of this year I was a pipe smoker and I have to say I have always loved the honey coloured briar root of my smoking pipes and I know, having dropped them many times, that they are exceptionally hard wearing and, despite some of them taking years and years of punishment with heat and moisture, I have never had one split or crack.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:28 AM   #22
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Do you think Briar root would make a good projecting mount material?

Until the start of this year I was a pipe smoker and I have to say I have always loved the honey coloured briar root of my smoking pipes and I know, having dropped them many times, that they are exceptionally hard wearing and, despite some of them taking years and years of punishment with heat and moisture, I have never had one split or crack.
I bet Briar root would be great, if you can find it large enough. Mesquite and Osage Orange are also great and work well. In my area, I'm lucky enough to be able to harvest Osage Orange, and it has a close grain and lovely color.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:46 AM   #23
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I don't imagine it would be too hard to find Briar root in large enough pieces although I suspect it wouldn't be cheap given how much I typically paid for a good tobacco pipe made of it.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:08 AM   #24
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I don't imagine it would be too hard to find Briar root in large enough pieces although I suspect it wouldn't be cheap given how much I typically paid for a good tobacco pipe made of it.
I think it's too fussy for musical pipe work. Briar wood often has voids and bits of sand inside; which you won't know about until your blade hits one.

I'd suggest trying olivewood, another wood that can be made into excellent smoking pipes. The grain is very pretty with striking combinations of blonde and dark brown.
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:56 PM   #25
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Default Re: Why is it still ivory that's No.1?

I now have a vintage non-ivory set that is my number 1.

I took a gamble on a set of wood-mount pipes this year and was rewarded with a set of ebony WWI Henderson pipes. A couple of ferrules had been swapped out and a blowpipe stock that was a Lawrie piece. Rick at Dunbar made a synthetic blowpipe stock and blowpipe...to provide a low maintenance permanent fix.

Overall...a very nice set that I believe would perform well at any level...IMHO. The COA from Ringo Ron denotes the same.
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Old 10-05-2019, 04:50 PM   #26
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Personally I have five sets now and only one, a new set of Henderson PH01's in half engraved nickel have even imitation ivory.

I have to be honest and say that I regret buying the Hendersons as I bought them thinking I wanted to finally have a brand new set of pipes all of my very own in the classic style with a classic name but they just don't have any 'character' compared to my other sets despite that they were actually my most expensive set to buy. Sure they are a nice looking set and sound just fine but they don't sound 'special'. They have had less than two hours of play since I received them about two months ago. If I didn't think I would take a huge financial dive by selling them they would be gone.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:15 PM   #27
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Just comes down to personal preference. There are some really nice-looking artificial ivories being used right now. I don't tend to like the ones that look very obviously like plastic. I have a vintage set that has ivory on it, but the fact that it does wasn't a factor in the decision to buy it. If I was having a modern set made, I'd opt for a natural material: I've seen various woods and antlers that I think make attractive mounts.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:28 AM   #28
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Antler is fantastic looking and a renewable material source.
I have a very old set of laburnum border pipes with mounts, ferrules and stocks made of bone. Over the past couple of hundred years, one of the rings on a drone cap went missing. I had Michael MacHarg fabricate an antler replacement and fettle the pipes. The antler replacement is indistinguishable from the original bone on the rest of the set.

From a distance, the antler and bone look like ivory...and vice versa.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:30 AM   #29
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What type of antler was used? I was speaking to my pipe making friend and he was saying he couldn't get Scottish deer antler of sufficient diameter for mounts.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:21 PM   #30
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What type of antler was used? I was speaking to my pipe making friend and he was saying he couldn't get Scottish deer antler of sufficient diameter for mounts.
Moose antler is most common. My understanding is that most other types have too many voids/open grain inside.
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