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Northern Briars Founded in 1958 by George Walker, Northern Briars began as one of the foremost pipe repair shops in the UK. Ian Walker, George's grandson, joined the family business after leaving school in 1972 where he began at the bottom, making tea and sweeping the floor. Later he was allowed to polish some pipes and in the evenings he learned how to make silver bands from sheet silver. In 1983 Ian's parents bought a local tobacconist in Stockport. By this time Ian was doing all the repairs and had become one of the most skilled pipe repairman in the country. Wanting to further develop his skills, Ian starting making pipes in the shop. These pipes sold well and he decided to expand this side of the business and was soon making pipes for other local shops. Today Ian's pipes are highly sought after all over the globe. Northern Briars, by tradition, has a strong commitment to quality. Quality of materials and quality of craftsmanship developed from many years’ experience. Ian sources his briar from Italy, where many pipemakers agree, the best stock can be found. Every pipe is totally handcrafted by Ian himself and all pipes have hand cut stems using the best grade German vulcanite. The ‘rustication’ of Ian’s Roc Cut pipes is a time consuming process done entirely by hand. This unique finish has proved to be extremely popular. Ian’s skill in silver mounting also enhances many traditional styles of pipes.
Banded Horn G3 This group 3 pipe is sat somewhere between a Horn and a Dublin. Ian's exquisite craftsmanship really shows on this pipe, the stunning flame grain couldn't be better and runs perfectly around the entire bowl with the birdseye grain running around the top of the bowl and shank. The pipe is finished with a black Acrylic bent tapered mouthpiece and accented with a solid silver band.
ONE OFF PIPE: This is a one off pipe and the pipe in the picture is the exact pipe you will receive. Please note that colour varies depending on your computer monitor and may not replicate the colour exactly.