Rich Messineo, Owner Briarville.com
Rich Messineo, Owner Briarville.com

Hello Folks. This is Rich Messineo, owner and operator of Briarville, Inc.  I will be getting some rotator cuff surgery on August 16th and will be in a sling for 6 weeks. I am anticipating a return on October 1st or sooner. My co-worker Jim will be in the shop restoring pipes for weekly sales and restoring pipes that come into the shop. The only thing affected will be repairs. 

I would ask that you only mail in restoration projects from now until I return, as I will be unable to check them in a timely manner.  We will also be doing some much-needed renovations and replacing of machinery at Briarville, Inc., to improve our workflow once I return. I will also be hiring a new apprentice upon my return to help with the increased workload we are currently experiencing. (We call it growth!)

This year has been awesome thus far and I appreciate every single one of my clients. I will be at the Columbus, Ohio, Pipe Show on Aug 8th and hope to see all of you that can make it. I will not have a booth, but you can easily find me in the smoking tent with my Briarville hat and shirt.

To make things even better, I will do a special for all pipe restorations that come in. Any restoration work that comes in now until September 16 will be 25 dollars each. If you send in 10 or more, I will give you free shipping on your order.

Now that is a deal worth taking advantage of.  That will help us all out during this downtime. I will keep restoration work turnaround time to 2 weeks or less.

Thank you for your patience and, of course, your patronage. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at rich@briarville.com

Rich Messineo, Owner Briarville, Inc.



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We know how you love all of your tobacco pipes. We love every one of ours, too. It can be concerning to look at one of our favorite pipes and know that it needs repair or restoration.

  • Who has the skills and talents to repair or restore my smoking tobacco pipe lovingly?
  • Who can I trust to repair or restore my smoking tobacco pipe quickly?
  • Who can repair or restore my smoking tobacco pipe at a price that I can afford?

The answer to your questions is Briarville Pipe Repair & Restoration—Pipe Repair as Close as Your Mailbox TM.

Since 2012, Briarville Pipe Repair & Restoration has been serving smoking tobacco pipe enthusiasts worldwide. We built upon the concept, marked by our trademarked tagline, Pipe Repair as Close as Your Mailbox TM. We knew how smoking tobacco pipe owners loved their pipes—the feel of the pipe in our hands, the sensation of the stem on our lips when enjoying our favorite tobacco mix.

The pipe repair industry was highly fragmented, and finding a professional to repair and restore smoking pipes was tough. The internet, along with a focus on providing affordable, quick service of the highest quality, enabled Briarville Pipe Repair & Restoration to get a strong foothold and grow into the #1 result on Google search. Thanks to all of you worldwide who enabled us to grow and better serve your needs!




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Anthony Baffa
Anthony Baffa
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Until I found Rich at Briarville I was lost trying to locate a good and reliable pipe repair company. It’s very easy to fill out work orders and a few weeks later my pipes are returned repaired and or restored for a very fair price. Thanks Rich!
Dave Banzai55
Dave Banzai55
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Just received my old Tinder Box Coachman briar,my first original pipe from `74. Absolutely fantastic, like new. Awesome ,customer service, brings back the concept of true craftsmen and artisan quality with total professional service,highly recommended !
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What a great job repairing my pipe. The job was done extremely fast and so was the shipping. I am very happy and I definitely will be using his service in the future. Thank you very much.
franklyn miller
franklyn miller
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Well I had the chance to visit the Briarville shop in Elijay GA and meet Rich. I made an appointment with Rich and took him 5 pipes that needed new stems. I had 4 pipes that are over 30 years old and I lost the stems after many moves in the AF and Government service. I had one with a bamboo piece that had the stem broke off and it needed repair. We picked out the type of stem I wanted and then the colors to go with the color of the briar on the bowl. I must say that his selection to colors and types of stems was amazing. The shop was immaculate and an excellent work space for a artisan like Rich. I found Rich to be knowledgable, friendly and a true professional. Oh yes, he answered all my questions I had about pipes, tobacco, why I had trouble with moisture when I smoke and other items about shop equipment and pipe repairs. I got my pipes back and the colored stems looked terrific, the black P-lip looked like new. My bamboo broken piece was completely fixed and they were all ready to smoke. Rich even shined them up for me before I picked them up. I must of hit him up on a slack few days as I had my 5 pipes back in one day. Folks let me say that Rich should be every pipe smokers go to guy for repairs and advice. His shop is immaculate, he has what appeared to be ample supplies to complete any task and has a positive attitude and a true desire to give each customer with the best service possible.
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Recently found two pipes at an antique store: an old Astley’s and an unsmoked Kaywoodie Supergrain. The Astley’s had some rim char and the stem was, in my opinion, rough. The Kaywoodie was in decent shape but needed a little TLC… These guys are awesome. Both pipes came back [quickly] and each one looks brand new. Will definitely use again. While the Kaywoodie Supergrain came back beautiful, I’m posting pics of the Astley’s due to the transformation.
Robert Kim
Robert Kim
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Great service!! Fast, professional, and affordable. They've got my business, for life.
Tyler Nies
Tyler Nies
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Very professional and super fast turn around time. Also very fairly priced for service. Pipes look brand new, fixed a loose stem and did a great job. All my pipes will end up here when they need to. Smoke on!
David Lance Schwartz
David Lance Schwartz
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I was so impressed with Rich from Briarville. I sent him a dozen pipes that needed various aspects of restoration. The quality of his work is unmatched in my experience over the years. I feel like I’ll never need to look for another source to be the “mechanic” of my pipes. Briarville is all I will ever need. Bravo!!







Fill out and submit the convenient NEW WORK ORDER FORM below.

Shortly after we receive your NEW WORK ORDER Form, you will receive an email from us notifying you of the receipt and the OK to ship your tobacco pipes to us.


Box up your tobacco pipes and mail them to the address below. We will email you when your tobacco pipes arrive with our estimated work completion date.

The average turnaround time is around two weeks.

If we have any questions after we receive your tobacco pipes, we will call from the (615) area code number below. Please put our contact information, email, and phone number in your contacts so you know it’s us.


Upon completing the work on your tobacco pipe(s), you will receive an invoice to your email address.

We accept all major Credit Cards worldwide, including PayPal and Apple Pay.

Use the Invoices Secure Payment link to complete your payment from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Once the payment is successfully made, you will receive an email confirmation.

Once your tobacco pipe(s) is (are) return shipped, you will receive a final email with the USPS Priority Insured Tracking Number.


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Briarville Inc
96 Craig Street Ste 112 – #336
Ellijay, GA 30540

The Briarville Assurance – First, thank you for joining the thousands of other Clients worldwide in the Briarville family!

We will only repair service or restore what is needed on any pipe as directed by our valued Clients. All professional due diligence is observed while your pipes are in our care and custody. Because of the nature of the materials, age, and prior usage, an attempt to repair can cause more damage, even to the point that repair is impossible. This is particularly true with vintage or new meerschaum or featherweight pencil shank briar pipes.

While rare, you will be notified if further damage occurs or undisclosed damage is discovered. Any additional repairs will be added to the work order and invoiced.

Briarville ships domestic packages USPS Tracked Priority with $100.00 (one hundred dollars) insurance. International shipments are USPS 1st Class Intl. Additional insurance may be requested, and additional insurance charges are added to the invoice. We do not accept any liability for carrier exceptions. All repairs are at the owner’s risk.

You don’t need a lawyer to understand the Briarville Privacy Policy: We will not share client information. Period!



Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Briarville, Inc. is located in the USA, in the state of Georgia (South-Eastern USA), in the beautiful town of Ellijay. Our contact form is near the bottom of the web page.

We have an entire article on our 10-Step Process that makes your Tobacco Pipe “Look Like New”. It’s a quick read, so please check it out: https://briarville.com/tobacco-pipe-restoration-after-the-auction/

Clean the inside where the tobacco pipe stems well. Next, swab a “minimal” amount of super glue around the stem hole’s inside. This will soak in and cause the wood to “swell” slightly, so the stem should fit tighter. If your tobacco pipe stem is too tight, try a little wax or some fine sandpaper to loosen the fit.

Smoking tobacco pipes should cleaned at three intervals:

  • 1st: A basic cleaning of the tobacco pipe after each smoke.
  • 2nd: An alcohol-based cleaning can be done every few smokes for a more thorough cleaning.
  • 3rd: Your tobacco pipe should be disassembled and carefully cleaned once a month, depending on usage.

If you have a tobacco pipe that has a crack in it, don’t worry – you can do an emergency repair to fix it!

  • Please take a picture of the crack (to send to us later)
  • Use a small, thin object (paperclip or needle) to clean the crack.
  • Get some super glue and put a small amount in the crack.
  • Quickly press the two pieces of the pipe together and hold them until the glue dries.
  • Take another picture of the repair. Send the before and after pictures to us for a free quote.
  • Smoke your tobacco pipe to test your fix.
  • Once you receive our quote, please send us your pipe for a professional restoration.

If you smoke between three and five tobacco pipe bowls each day, then four to six pipes should accommodate a tobacco pipe rotation according to the “24-Hour Rule.” After resting on a tobacco pipe for several days, that first bowl is often one of the best your tobacco pipe can ever offer.

For most tobacco pipe smokers, it is best to choose a classic straight Billiard or Apple pipe bowl shape. These shapes have been tried and tested for generations and are easy to smoke. One can also choose a slightly curved half-bent shape.

Many tobacco pipe smokers prefer to clean their glass with isopropyl alcohol, which is often paired with salt. This is a faster option than vinegar and baking soda, but it is slightly harsher, so you must handle this cleaning process carefully.

Some tobacco pipe smokers prefer a seven-day rotation. They set aside one pipe to smoke for each day of the week. That works fine if you only smoke is one bowl a day, but if you enjoy your pipe more often, then you should consider owning more tobacco smoking pipes.

A classic method of cleaning tobacco pipes is a mix of rubbing alcohol and salt. By combining isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt (kosher or table salt), you have a cleaning solution that is effective at cleaning a dirty tobacco pipe.

Tobacco pipe smoking can be a very relaxing experience for many. The process of packing and lighting the tobacco pipe, along with the act of drawing smoke through your tobacco pipe, can be both meditative and create a sense of calm. When you light a tobacco pipe and sit down to smoke it, you can forget your troubles and relax.

Do not smoke your tobacco pipe too fast — you might get what experienced pipe smokers call a “tongue bite,” a burning, irritated sensation across the top surface of your tongue. Pace yourself and puff at a leisurely pace and enjoy.

Often oxidized stems like the one pictured can be fully restored at around half the cost of a new replacement stem. Briarville offers both vulcanite and acrylic replacement stems. We primarily use pre-formed blanks that must be fitted to your pipe to reduce costs.

Parts of a smoking (tobacco) pipe include (1) Bowl, (2) Chamber, (3) Draught Hole, (4) Shank, (5) Mortise, (T) tenon, (7) Stem, (8) Bit (or mouthpiece), (9) Lip, and (10) Bore.

A “Fisherman’s Head” or “Andreas Bauer” block Meerschaum pipe in a fitted, satin-lined case could be worth between $200 and $250.



Read Our Business Story & Learn Why We’re Here

“Find a Need And Fill It” is the hallmark of all successful businesses. Another hallmark is “Turn A Problem Into An Advantage.” In late 2012, Ric Farrah, the founder of Briarville Tobacco Pipe Repair and Restoration, turned to both to become the industry leader in pipe repair.

First, the problem. After selling the firm, Farrah lost his corporate position as Director of Recruiting at a medium-sized trucking company in Nashville, TN. The guy who bought the company had a nephew who needed a job. Now, without a gig, Farrah turned to his roots over the road and signed on as a driver with a temp company serving the trucking industry. While deciding what to do next, he vowed never to put his career in another man’s hand again. As the story unfolds, you’ll see a problem will often lead to an equal or more significant advantage.

In the 80s and 90s, the tobacco pipe industry was in a state of flux. Hand-rolled cigars were quickly gaining popularity. The corner brick-and-mortar pipe shops were disappearing or ceding valuable retail real estate to “sticks”. Where you could once easily visit your neighborhood shop for great conversation, supplies, and repairs, these social establishments quickly faded into a bygone era. The community, which would gather locally at the table or in overstuffed chairs in their locals for a bowl of their favorite tobacco and swap lies, were now congealing online – this time worldwide. The pipe industry was moving from brick and mortar to the Internet. The pipe enthusiasts didn’t go away. The retail tobacco shops just changed direction; ergo, the need.

In the early to mid-2000s, a sort of tobacco pipe renaissance took shape on YouTube. The YouTube Tobacco Pipe Collectors channel gained subscribers and grew as pipe enthusiasts showed off their collections. Independent pipe carvers had an audience in which to show off their wares. One of those pipe carvers was Nashville broadcaster, television weatherman, and Farrah’s brother-in-law, Joe Case, a woodworking hobbyist who turned to pipe making. Over time, Joe Case Pipes began gaining popularity on the channel, and pipe smokers began to feel more comfortable doing business online.

Farrah, a longtime pipe enthusiast and hobbyist needing a real job, and Case, looking for growth and increased credibility within the industry, collaborated and decided for a short time to throw in together and add a repair side to Joe Case Pipes to test the water. The cross-promotion proved very effective, and both companies’ reach expanded. The need was there. Fewer and fewer shops were doing pipe repairs. Most shops still around were sending off repairs to the few repair shops that served these dying brick-and-mortar stores. Farrah came up with the Briarville trademark “Pipe Repair as Close as Your Mailbox”. She hit the ‘Net doing YouTube videos, mostly a tad silly but offering helpful tips in DIY pipe maintenance and where to send their smokers needing more work. The concept took off beyond any expectations. The quality of work, customer service, and ease of business led to Briarville’s exploding growth and popularity.

The second generation of Briarville began in 2019 when Farrah retired and sold the concern to Rich Messineo. Rich, a retired pharmacist, joined the company in 2016 and rose to lead technician in three short years. Messineo graduated from Florida State University in 1987, finished his pharmacy degree at Florida A&M School of Pharmacy in 1990, and is no stranger to business. From 2003 – 2010 Messineo owned and operated Hungry Trout Cigars with three locations from Utah to Florida.

When Rich Messineo bought out Briarville, he used his chemistry knowledge to create three aftermarket products now available to the public. The first product, called “No Oxi Oil,” was developed to keep vulcanite from oxidizing, a problem that has plagued pipe smokers since the advent of vulcanite. The second product is the only natural product to remove oxidation from vulcanite efficiently and effectively. The third product is a pipe cleaner and sweetener, the same that is used in the Briarville shop daily. Since purchasing Briarville, Messineo added a third profit center to his brand of cigars. Teaming up a national wholesaler, all Briarville products are now available online at TobaccoPipes.com.

As Briarville nears its 10th anniversary, it is safe to say that the once figment of Farrah’s imagination has grown to become the industry leader. Briarville serves the global community with clients worldwide. There is no looking back. Expect Messineo to continue the exceptional growth and notoriety Briarville clients have enjoyed since the advent of Pipe Repair as Close as Your Mailbox TM.

This piece is dedicated to Joe Case’s memory. His kindness and support were instrumental in developing Briarville Tobacco Pipe Repair and Restoration.


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