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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #18C8lb

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REALLY hard old briar here. We knew that going in, that it wasn't going to be possible to get a deep blast, and so instead the focus went on detail - The age rings are wonderfully tight and squiggly and run all over the pipe in several crazy directions at once, much in the character of briar blocks that were cut 70+ years ago back before cutters began to deliberately cut for grain orientation. The tankard shape was inspired by several visits to Pipe & Pint. Larry, the owner, and I have been talking a little about a series of P&P-Only pipes in some distinct shape, and I thought something like this might be shop-appropriate so I wanted to do one and see how I liked it. It's not a super-dramatic shape or anything - in fact, it's almost the spiritual opposite of its catalog mate #18C9 - but it's immensely practical, with a large bowl chamber, larger size overall but still light weight, short and easy-to-pipecleaner stem & shank, and thick bowl walls for hand-holding comfort.

It's worth noting that the bowl chamber is precarbonized, though it isn't in the photos - A mismatch of timing!

The stem is handcut natural horn, with a beautifully grained fine creamy color with hints of caramel and chocolate to the material. It's an understated design, a window into the briar of the previous century, and an immensely practical smoking machine, all rolled into one package.