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NEW UNSMOKED 2006 Talbert Briar Bulldog 

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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!

Or, in this case, 13 years. I'm amazed that this pipe hasn't been smoked in all this time, as it's about as purposeful of a "working smoker" as one could want. It's a big pipe, so that's probably the first point to make. While the bowl isn't all that deep, it's wide, and the walls around it are as thick as the chamber is across. Stylistically, I wanted it to be classical and yet also recognizably mine, so I was sure to incorporate the sort of S curve I love into the design from bowl base to bit. I also wanted to emphasize and magnify some of the bulldog elements - Making the shank bigger and the underside curve of bowl into shank more broad and matched to the curvature of the bowl to the top of the shank. In silhouette it looks squat and compact, whereas from above it's wide, both of bowl and of shank. Even the bit is a little wider than usual, well suited for clenching and heavy use. Every aspect of the pipe is designed to be a workhorse, but one with a little curvy style slipped subtly into the package.

The stem is handcut cumberland, and I included a pic of the mortise and airhole drilling just to show off the centered airhole, as well as the pristine unsmoked condition of the pipe. It is, ultimately, a brand new pipe that just happens to come to us from 2006, so even the briar has had 13 more years of aging prior to its first smoke.