My bad. Some of The Romance Of The Barling Pipe can be seen on the Pipedia Barling page. Otherwise I don't know of any other place it can be found. Tad gage was kind enough to contribute that material to the page.Sorry, English is not my first language and this was not a typo .
I meant if it is available , if it can be read, retrieved from the www . etc.
I'm totally two-faced about this, because I don't really dig on the "older pipes are better than new ones because of the wood" stance, and at the same time, if you asked me to make a pipe that was a superlative smoker out of the gate and 100 smokes in, I'd grab the older wood I have around here, it simply isn't the same as fresh briar. But there's lots of ins and outs - I have old briar in the shop that I don't think tastes great (but it smokes dead dry, freaky dry), and I have old wood from a different mill that I think does taste great, almost sweet. I also have "new" wood that is only a couple years old and which is universally lauded, every pipe I've made from it gets rave reviews... Like Wayne, I tend to think that briar is aging on a curve and the first two or three years are really "steep" in terms of what is accomplished... I'm not sure much changes between 10 and 20 years on the shelf.I don't doubt for a minute that the actual bush has to be old before it is harvested. That makes perfect sense.
But, back to the OP, briar has to be cured and aged, or else it has a nasty "green" taste. All of the pipemakers I have heard speak, talk about the quality and age of the briar they use. Skip Elliot buys up old stock and still will let it continue to age. A lot of pipemakers do this, from my understanding. And, the older the pipe, the less of those nasty oils that is left in the wood, to my understanding.
Funny, we haven't had a pipemaker comment yet. I would think @sasquatch or @georged could add some qualifications to this discussion.
I first met Edsel James, known as “Mr. Dunhill” back then (there is a Pipes and Tobacco Magazine article about him that uses that moniker) in the early 1980’s. I asked him about how he got into Dunhills.I think when factories were producing half a million or more pipes a year, a lot of stuff slipped through.
Hi Jon,OTOH, I have about 15 pipes I acquired in the 60's, and stopped smoking them ca. 1970. When I resumed in 2014, they were just fine, and I am smoking them regularly now.
One perhaps major difference: They were not subjected to arid conditions, and were also very acclimatized to the conditions where I live when I did resume.