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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 repairmen 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 pipe makers agree, the best stock can be found. Every pipe is 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.
Northern Briar Helix Rox Cut Pipe If you want a helix it's gonna have to be a Northern Briar. The Helix shape is unique to Northern Briar and is quite simply stunning. Due to the complex carving, it can't be mass-produced and is unlikely to be copied by any other pipe maker. The rustication is about the finest we have ever seen and is a true credit to Ian Walker's skill. The pipe has a very distinct thick Briar wall for a very cool smoking pipe. The bore is very generous for those days when time is plentiful.
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