Tobacco Pipe Community
The briar burl, the hard knotty part of the heath tree whence the pipe derives, is found principally in those countries that border the Meditteranean Sea. There the climate is altogether unsuitable for plant life: The soil is sandy and rocky, there is a scant minimum of rainfall, and high winds incessantely and mercilessly test the plants' endurance. These unfavorable conditions, however, are necessary to the production of good sturdy burls. For the heath tree (Erica Arborea in botanical nomenclature, bruyere in French), in its constant struggle for survival, produces the burl so that it can persevere. Located at the junction of the roots and the trunk, the burl is a tightly...