Briar Mill Tour

Luigi Viprati has built a justifiably powerful reputation for hand crafting some of the most breathtaking straight grains available anywhere. Most of the credit for these superb creations belongs to Luigi, but he'd be hard pressed to get his renown straight grains out of anything but the finest quality briar.

No one realizes this more than Viprati who has built strong personal relationships with the mills or "segerie" which supply his briar, and he visits them periodically to hand select each block of the extra-extra plateaux briar.

Recently, Viprati lengthened his usual visit by accompanying the harvesting crew into the dry hills of Tuscany. There he saw how the briar is wrested from the earth, and the meticulous handling it goes through to ensure the smoking characteristics of fine briar. We can see that the briar mill must cut and prepare blocks which can be turned into straight grain pipes. If this first step is not properly done, no amount of talent can straighten out the grain.


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