Ian walker, the man behind Northern Briars, has been in the pipe business for decades. First learning the craft in his family’s repair business, and later taking over the shop. Like most expert craftsmen, his years repairing pipes taught him the essentials of what makes a pipe smoke well. Engineering is key to a pipe that will smoke well regardless of what tobacco you smoke. Once he mastered that, he moved on to finishing, offering some of the most innovative finishes in the pipe world. We received a nice batch that spans the range of Ian’s work.