Dave Whitney's OLD BRIAR is a wonderful guide to acquiring, cleaning, and smoking estate pipes (estate = used). It's a rudimentary guide with lots of wisdom and valuable information. The emphasis is not on the upper echelon of pipe collecting, but perfect for those of us who collect-and-smoke pipes on a budget. His premise is that with a little homework, knowledge, ingenuity, and some elbow grease, you can build a fine collection of pipes without spending money hand-over-fist. Mr. Whitney has built a reputable, longstanding business on eBay restoring and selling estate pipes. Yet he shares his knowledge and experiences freely and with enthusiasm. Just today, after gathering the modest array of items he suggests to clean and sanitize, I cleaned four pipes using his step-by-step instructions. Can't wait to try 'em out. It's terribly cliché I know, but absolutely true: if I can do it, so can you. This is not rocket science but there's no substitute for this kind of mentoring from an experienced hand. if you're intimidated like I am in these things, this is a great guide to get you on your way. Highly recommended and, as Father's Day is upon us as I write this review, a great gift for any Dad you know who enjoys his pipe and might be interested in the topic/hobby.