“VESZ PIPES SMOKE WITH AN ELEGANCE THAT IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED BY TODAY'S PIPE CONNOISSEUR".
- Richard Hacker, Rare Smoke -
Welcome to Julius Vesz Pipes. Discover beautiful handcrafted pipes expertly carved by the master.
about JULIUS VESZ
Julius Vesz is one of the world’s premiere pipe makers and has been perfecting his craft for close to 60 years. He maintains a supply of centuries-old briar that has been accumulated since the 1960s. Julius is renowned for using aged root briar. This briar root died and remained untouched for hundreds of years before it was dug out of the ground, enabling it to dry and age naturally. Pipes created from this unique and rare material offer a cool, smooth smoking experience.
Born and raised in Hungary, Julius was first exposed to pipe making through his grandfather, whose antique meerschaum pipes are still available at the workshop. After immigrating to Canada at age 23, Julius continued on his own, setting up a modest shop in his home repairing pipes for the likes of United Cigar and Dunhill.
He made his first pipe in 1959, an Apple under the name of the "Craft Briar Pipe Co." that he still owns.
"The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish"
- William Makepeace Thackeray -
TYPES OF PIPES
Hand Cut pipes are crafted from Julius’ oldest and finest blocks of aged briar, German vulcanite, resin or amber stems and are often personalized with beautiful ornamentation such as bone, silver and gold. The lack of flaws, beauty of the grain and meticulous attention to the hand-carved shaping of each pipe differentiate the Hand Cuts from the Hand Mades. Think of it as a Bentley, compared to a Jaguar… each exquisitely made, but with a certain extra refinement in the Bentley. Or, a vintage Bordeaux compared to a well oaked New World Cab… you get the idea.
They come in a variety of shapes and styles and like art, no two are the same. These pipes have long been sought after by collectors all over the world.
Please contact us if you have any specific requests, as Julius has customized pipes for dignitaries and clients worldwide.
HAND MADE PIPES
Julius Vesz' standard pipe is the 'Hand Made', beautifully crafted from Julius’ own supply of extremely rare aged root briar. These affordable pipes smoke extremely well, come in a variety of traditional shapes, sizes, finishes and colours (including sitting pipes and smaller bowls), and are made to last a lifetime. His attention to detail is evident in each and every pipe he creates.
CRAFT BRIAR PIPES
The Craft Briar name is the original “brand” stamped on Julius’ pipes. It was used from the late 1950s until 1966. Craft, is in fact, his original operating name, and continues to be so to this day.
As of 1966, the name Julius Vesz replaced Craft Briar on his pipes, and Hand Made and Hand Cut pricing groups were established.
Now, for the first time in over fifty years, Craft is back. History does, in fact, repeat itself.