Briar burl is the tumor-like growths between the roots and stem of the shrub native to Europe. The wood has very good heat-resistance properties and is favored for use in making the bowls for tobaccos pipes.

In pipe-making, there are two types of burl sections: ebauchon and plateaux. Ebauchon burl blocks are usually rectangular in shape and cut from the center of the burl. They tend to have a more random grain pattern and are the least expensive. Plateaux burl blocks are cut from the outer edge of the burl and are usually in a quarter-round shape which still includes the bark on the outside edge. They tend to have a more consistent grain pattern and are more expensive than ebauchon burl blanks.

Other Names

Erica arborea


This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  (Learn More)

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