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  1. ted

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    http://www.drgrabow-pipe-info.com/briar_ted09aa

    WillH didn't care for this...something about resume's. Thought I'd post it for those who might be interested.

    This is written from the perspective of Grabow, but most manufacturers do it the same way. Artisans do not.

    Please Note.... My epistle starts at the bottom of the page.... ted
     


  2. t-bear

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    Interesting read Ted....thanks! It explains a lot about the earlier Dr. G's.
     
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    Hi All,

    A truly fascinating post - reminds me why I came to forums in the first place - it was to learn. Many thanks for posting Ted and I'll happily read anymore background articles you wish to post,

    Best to all

    Gerry
     
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    Ahhhhh! Back on track! :thankyou:
     
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    This thread was cleaned

    Please continue on topic.....
     
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    And it's only harvested after it blooms!?! I would have thought it was like logging a tree ... take it when you need it. Fascinating stuff.

    - Andrew
     
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    I like the insider info and the "how it works" aspect. Thanks Ted.
     
  9. Tas Gunsmith

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    Why is this? Is it just tradition or does it have something to do with the briar?
     
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    TAS, Its been 20 years since I was there, but best I recall, it has to do with the moisture in the burl. Perhaps the blooming uses up extra water in the burl. Seems to be how I remember it... ted
     
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    Ted...I've heard that the burls, especially the larger ones, are hollow. True? The neat thing about these burls as I understand it, is that the "grain" goes from the center out, instead of around like we're used to seeing. That's why we see straight grain going out to the plateau. Briar sure is a fascinating wood.
     
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    t-bear... I've never seen one completely hollow (older ones get really close), but the "bald wood" exists in the center of the burl. Briar grain grows outward from the center of the burl toward the outside. Best (?) grain is on the outside of the oldest burls.
    Grabow has a pallet load of un-cut burls (with stems) for display. I really want one. Don't know the price, but will ask. .... ted
     
  14. Tas Gunsmith

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    I've just ordered some pipe making stuff from PE Hermann, they have uncut root burls for 100US. Under briar..briar root
     
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    I get it now. The burl is part of the root system and designed for water storage. So, different cycles in the plant's life would account for different levels of water in the burl. That makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

    - Andrew
     
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    http://drgrabowphotos.shutterfly.com/32

    Hopefully this will give a picture of Rhododendron, Briar with stems, and briar burl. That is the lobby of the factory that I worked in for A WHILE... ted
     
  17. Tas Gunsmith

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    interesting....
     
  18. Falconeer

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    Hi,

    It does make sense particularly when the briar is kept wet as part of the process. It always amazes me how our ancestors managed to discover all these things without modern science to guide them though.

    Again I say thanks for the truly fascinating post,

    Gerry
     
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    learning all this makes briar pipes even cooler.
     
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