Connoissuer--Ed Burak

Ed is one of the most inspired and unique American pipe makers. He came by his skills honestly, apprenticing himself to the Fischer company where he carved wonderful classic shapes in meerschaum. He produces a broad array of pipes, ranging from inexpensive traditional to astounding art pieces that command many thousands of dollars. His works are in design and modern art museums, and with good reason. He has an unusual philosophy of briar--he cares little for grain, and regards sandpits and fissures as natural elements of the wood, and simply leaves them as they are, or occasionally puts in fills with no effort to conceal them For him, shape and internal engineering are everything. As a result, his pipes smoke extremely well, even the most imaginative and extreme shapes. But if one is seeking "perfect wood," one should look elsewhere. Ed would want you to.

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