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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1758lb

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Here's a bowl with an odd story behind it. Way back when we bought all our original Ligne Bretagne stock, it included a number of these large billiard bowls in rough-turned form. As LBs go, it's a big bowl, probably between a Dunhill group 4 and 5. As might be expected, these larger straight billiards were ridiculously popular and we sold out of them in short order, leaving only a small bag of "set-asides" that each had some sort of issue, mostly shank flaws that would require the shanks to be cut short, or an occasional bowl rim flaw that might require the height to be trimmed down. Anyway, we held onto the viable bowls and promptly forgot about them, but recently discovered them again as part of our overall storage inventory project currently underway. There were several like this one that simply needed a bit of flawed shank end to be cut off, and voila, an entertaining and rather silly leprechaun-ish pipe!

I gave the stem a bit of a bend in keeping with the jaunty, overall gnome-ish character of the thing. The grain is pretty much the definition of a gnarly crosscut, as seen best in the forward-view of the bowl front. Age rings are compacted tightly together and expand across both sides of the bowl, and our custom two-toned contrast stain helps define every intricate detail of the sandblasted surface.