I guess you could say that I have a bit of a preference for corn cob pipes. However, I recently decided to try my hand at more briar butchery. I bought some briar from a couple of reputable sources, so I felt confident that I was getting properly cured briar. I took my time to get my drill press set up right so I could get optimal drilling. Basically a briar pipe is 2 holes drilled in a chunk of wood. If you start out with good briar and correct drilling you are well on your way to a fine smoking pipe. I've made 5 so far. 2 were sent out for testing, 2 were so horribly butchered in shaping that I kept them and one is on eBay. Here is were the problem lies. Even though the 2 I kept are ugly as sin, I love how they smoke. They are quickly becoming favorites. Granted, I still love my cobs, but I can now see what you briar boys have been talking about. Will these developments knock the world of its axis? Does this mean the Mayans were only slightly off on their time line? What will become of me?