#1201T - Talbert Briar Stubby
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Sometimes I will describe a pipe as a "workhorse smoker". That certainly applies to this most practical of pipe designs, a short and stubby Talbert sandblast that's the first Talbert Briar of 2012. However, it offers far more than just utility - The blast is just jaw-droppingly stunning, with sharp age rings stacked down the bowl and a great deal of depth and surface texture. The briar was very friendly to blasting and I was able to really bring out the depth of each ring through varied directional blasting. Also, it was flawless enough to remain natural, to offer maximum coloring potential with use.
The pipe will sit upright easily, thanks to a slim flat plane down the bottom of the shank. It's a big bowl, too - Don't let the shortness of the dimensions fool you, compare it to the Zippo lighter in the photos above. The bowl is easily larger than my group 5 Dunhill and would probably qualify for ODA status, with very thick walls all round. The stem is handcut cumberland, shaped so as to allow enough flat space for comfortable clenching before it flares up to shank thickness. The inlay band is speckled faux-stone, chosen because the subtle brownish dotting and tan interior hints match the natural color of the briar and the red/brown coloration of the cumberland material. A really exceptional piece, and an ideal pipe to kick off Talbert Briars for 2012!