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Ligne Bretagne Goblin #1510G 

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So many of the Goblins have been huge, elaborate, and costlier pipes this year that I wanted to try and do at least a few that were of simpler designs, and arguably more practical. One of the things we found in our "briar cave" in Brittany was a bag of quite old ebauchons, probably air-drying since the 60's, and cut in short-shanked, fat, square-ish blocks... Ideal for making fun and chunky pipes like this! I'm not even sure I've used any of these blocks since we got back from France, so there's another seven years of aging to add to the total. The concept here was simple - Make a design that was jaunty, gnarly, handy, and something of a combination of Hawkbill and Devil Anse minus the features of each that I don't like.

As with so much of this old briar, it turned out to be a massive PITA to sandblast... Hard as rock. But, a LOT of time and audiobook and aggressive media eventually produced the pipe you see here, with a nicely craggy surface texture. The crosscut grain really only shows off its age rings in a front and rear bowl view, but it did show off some great bird's-eye that became the thoroughly gnarly right side of the bowl.

I carved the pointed chaotic and twisted bowl rim, but for the sake of usefulness I flattened and polished a concave inside countersink down to the bowl chamber - Not sure how obvious it is in the pics, but it should make it a lot easier to clean around the chamber rim and load the pipe.

I should also add that it's quite lightweight, as Goblins go... Usually they tend to be giant, hefty things, but this one manages to come in under the comfortable 50 gram mark while still having a good-sized bowl and thick walls. I can probably credit that more to the age of the wood than any magic of my own, though!