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UNSMOKED 2012 Talbert Briar 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!

Back in 2012, I made a small set of Talbert Yule Pipes for Christmas, all in this shape. It was in the early days of my work with briar bleaching and this set was possibly the first time when I'd decided the look was "ready for prime-time". It's a finish that's largely reserved for Talbert Briars due to the labor involved, as it takes forever... There's a good week or more needed to get the natural tan of the briar bleached out to this extent, where everyone who sees it first assumes it's meerschaum. But no, it's plateau briar, though in some ways it's like meerschaum in that it will gradually darken with use. It's a beautiful look that's excellent at displaying tiny grain details of sandblasting - Just check out the bowl close-ups above to see this in action! Each of these Yule Pipes had a custom silver shank band.

The fun bit is, virtually no one has seen this particular run of Yule Pipes because all but one of them were sold in-store at Pipe & Pint. They've gone virtually unseen online until now! It's a great shape too - Bigger than it looks, and hefty, with thick walls and a larger chamber despite the overall short length. I love "short fat" styling motifs like this and felt that the snowy-white finish and the jolly nature of the thing were a good match with Christmas (It's always a challenge to come up with a pipe in December that somehow "says Christmas" in its shape or color...)

So, voila... For anyone who's missed a Yule Pipe in the past, here's a brand new one that's never been smoked, stepped right out of time from 2012!