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Estate 2000 Talbert Yule Pipe 

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The quick story - I've recently gotten hold of a large cache of my older pipes as part of a generous gift to help us pay my wife's cancer surgery expenses. Over the next weeks, I'll be gradually posting them as I get them cleaned, inspected, etc. Many of these pipes are NEW and UNSMOKED and have been part of a display collection, sometimes for as much as 20 years!

This pipe is an estate, however, but I've given it a full cleaning and inspection and polish, and reamed and re-carbonized the bowl chamber. Drawing through the stem, I don't get any ghosting flavors, so I expect it to smoke very much like a new pipe, just for a few hundred dollars cheaper! I'd made three Yule Pipes in 1998 and then a set in '99, but for 2000 I first really grappled with that ongoing challenge... What, exactly, looks "Christmas" in a pipe? Most pipe companies will just pick a shape from their normal output and slap a seasonal band on a set of them and that's that, but I wanted more. Funnily enough, I was just talking about this with Sally Gottliebson at this year's CORPS show. Every year I have the same challenge - How do I make a holiday pipe set that actually looks Christmas-ey? For the 2000 Yule Pipes, I decided to go full Victorian and emulate the look of a Victorian clay in briar. The bowls would be blasted to resemble the pine cones we used to decorate the house with when I was a kid. I didn't know anything about bleaching briar at the time so I wasn't able to make them whiter like clays, so instead I went in the opposite direction and picked cumberland stems with multiple layers of varying stain colors to try and create a seamless color tone from briar to stem. If I recall correctly, these pipes were Emily's first work with pipe stains, and I believe it was her who did all the color matching and blending to get these looking right.

This one turned out to be a great example of the "sandblasted pinecone" effect I was hoping for. The stem and bowl styling is a bit different here from the other Yule Pipes of that year, without the curled "collar" at the back of the bowl. Even back then I couldn't resist fiddling and experimenting here and there, to tweak designs and see how they looked with small nips and tucks to their shape details.

An ideal pipe for the Christmas hearth!