Ferndown pipes by Les Wood embody the revival of English pipe making that was initiated by Ashton in the early 1980s. Oil treated in the tradition of both Dunhill and Ashton, Les Wood pipes are renowned for their pleasant, slightly nutty flavor and remarkable smoking characteristics. About 90% of them are made in rusticated "Bark" finish and the balance are a smooth "Reo" or "Root" and Premier sandblast. Les Wood was the master silver smith at Alfred Dunhill Ltd. before starting L. & J.S. Briars so its not surprising that all of the pipes have silver work. Until Dec. 2011 he still did all Dunhill's the silver work. All Ferndown pipes have hand cut stems from the best quality German Vulcanite. They don't seem to discolor.
The Ferndown Premiers' are bowls turned by Les & Dolly Wood, sandblasted by Michael Parks and then back to the UK for staining, stemming, silver work and finishing. Premiers are exclusive to pipes2smoke.com
The Ferndown pipe represents the best of England's "5th generation" of quality pipe makers. Les Wood is now semi-retired and now limited to around a 150 pipes a year. As the largest Ferndown dealer in the world are extremely pleased to able to offer these classic British pipes.
Les Wood has officially retired in 2018. Consequently the supply of Ferndown pipes will be very limited. We will only receive pipes when he feels like making some. Mostly in the winter when it rains. From now - Nov. 2018 till mid 2019 we expect 6-8 pipes, if that.
1,2 or 3 * is the size of the block used to make the pipe. The higher the number the bigger the pipe.
Ancient Bark - more red highlights
Antique Bark - tan
Reo - smooth burgundy/black
Root - smooth natural
Root SG - Stright Grain - no sandpits
Tudor Root - flawless natural Premier or E - Sandblasted by Michael Parks.