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Erica arborea

Erica arborea of the family Ericaceae. A favorite wood of pipe manufacturers. I have not seen this shown as anything but a burl, so I assume it's from a plant that does not produce wood of a sufficient size for lumber or veneer. Areas of growth include Africa, Mediterranean region, Southern Europe).

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions

None yet

web pics:

burls listed specifically as briar / Erica arborea

turning blocks


pen blanks

pipe blanks

both sides of a batch of pipe blanks

pipe blanks

listed as Mediterainean briar burl

briar pipes

briar pipes