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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 one HAS been smoked, but I've given it a thorough cleaning inside and out. It's a bit of an odd duck - Back in 2006 we made a bunch of these small-bowled mortas with long stems like this and I should probably get around to doing some more of them, but my stock of Breton morta has dwindled enough these days that I'm tending to hoard it and not use it rather than using it all up.

When I finished this in 2006, it had some really minute check marks on it. Morta by nature is a nightmare for cracking during drying, but often once the initial flaws have appeared, they don't get worse as with normal wood. In any case, It was a really nice piece and I was reluctant to reject it, so I ended up selling it to a friend on the promise that if it ever did crack, I'd refund his money. And voila, here it is 13 years later, still intact and still with the same surface flaws which have done nothing during the intervening decade+ of smoking. So, I feel safe in offering it for sale now, with the same promise - If any of the surface flaws ever get worse, you can return it for purchased price refund. Given that there is no more Breton morta forthcoming and I have the last stock in the world of this stuff for pipes, I thought it would be a shame to throw it out on the grounds of purely cosmetic flaws.

And it's a cool little pipe, too. In some ways, I feel these smaller ones were the best expression of the character of the morta I worked with. It typically does better with a smaller airhole than I'd use in a briar of the same size, and also with a smaller cahmber. Big mortas can get hot, especially smooths, whereas these smaller ones simply don't hold enough tobacco to become longterm hot to touch, and the chambers seem ideal for combining concentrated morta flavor and character with the chosen tobacco... and it helps that these are ideal with many dark, strong-nicotine blends like Brown Bogie, Black XX, etc. My own favorite combination in these is Gawith's Black XX rope, chopped chunky enough to give a prolonged smoke even in a bowl of this size.