The wood used for pipes is briar, a root from a tree – erica arborea – growing along the coast and on the islands of the Mediterrainean sea. In french it’s known as bruyère.
The wood is between 30 and 80 years of age before its harvested. The quality of the briar block is depending on where in the root the cut is made. The outer blocks called plateaux are considered to be the best. BBJ pipes are mainly made of italian briar.
All blocks solely in plateaux quality.
For stems I use ebonite and acrylic. Some pipes get an inlay of other sorts of wood, such as ebony, olive etc., as well as different kinds of bone and horn, gold and silver.