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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1759lb

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Here is the last of our current run of Cuttys (or Belges if you prefer, I'll leave that for the shape purists to argue). I'd forgotten we had these bowls for years until we recently unearthed them during an end-to-end inventory and cataloging project of all our Ligne Bretagne stock, and I was so happy to see them again that I've been posting quite a few of them lately. But all fun projects must end sometime, and it's probably past time to move on to other shapes so this is the last of these for a little while, at least.

Followers of our Instagram page have seen this stem before - I recently posted a couple shots of a big stem boiling project in the kitchen, where we boiled and bent a number of horn stems all at once. I do them in groups because it takes anywhere from 30-50 minutes of boiling before the straight horn stems become flexible enough to bend, and even then it usually requires a custom bending jig that I've made to put a decent curve in them. They tend to want to bend in kinks rather than smooth and even like this, which is annoying and especially so when the end goal is a pipe like this one, where all its grace and character lies in carrying off that smooth and very gentle arc from bit to bowl. It gives the pipe a bit of tavern clay personality, while keeping its briar virtues and not being so far tilted that one can't see to light it.

BTW, if the photos of this look a bit mismatched, it's because my camera resolutely refused to take focused pictures of the full-length pipe. I don't know why, I don't know photography stuff, but the end result was that I had to get the full-length pics with my phone camera instead of our digital camera. Still, I think they came out well and especially did a nice job of capturing the beautiful color variations and grain of the horn stem. The bowl is a contrast stain finish, with a deep natural grain ebonizing applied and then sanded back for contrast, and finally finished with a tint of golden yellow. It's perhaps a bit high-labor for a pipe of this price range, but I wanted something that would give the bowl equal visual "punch" to the stem.