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Ligne Bretagne Collector #20C5lb

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What is a Ligne Bretagne Collector? Ligne Bretagne Collectors are our handmade individuals, the top of the Ligne Bretagne brand. They're essentially Talbert Briars at a $200+ discount, with a different stamping, and we tend to used them as an experimental test bed for shapes and concepts that might "migrate upward" to Talbert Briars later.


When we bought all our stock in France, part of it included many old briar sacks of smaller, square-ish blocks like the one this was made from. From the labeling and records I'm guessing that they're all probably 80+ years old (and that means how long they've been drying after being dug up, not the age of the briar itself). It's excellent smoking stuff, with a rich, earthy sort of flavor to the wood that favors darker tobaccos, but the blocks themselves can be a challenge to work with. They're not cut to allow for long shanks and the overall dimensions initially look limiting to just a few basic classical shapes, so I took that as a challenge to see if I could come up with something really unique.

This pipe is my third "playground" from the aforementioned blocks. I've loved every one of these that we've sketched together so far and am just as fond of this one. It's *slightly* more conventional than the last poker but still plenty playful, with a bouncy sort of character that recalls the "Bouncy Poker" Talbert Briar shapes I did a few years back. Folks who are interested in the creation process should take a look at our Instagram account, as there are a few pics there of the making of this pipe, including a shot of its flared shank being hand-turned on our metal lathe. The best is the Weeble video, where I demonstrate how it can be wobbled but won't fall down (Yes, it's a natural sitter).

The shank is an intentional inversion of the first two of these, which both had rounded, bulbous shanks so I wanted this one to be more of a tapering flare outward. The shank end facing the stem is smooth and polished gloss black, not sure if that's easily discernible in the photos. It's finished in our signature house rustication style, in a carve pattern very similar to #20C4LB's poker, just because it really seems to fit the curvy flow of the bowl shape ideally. It's essentially movement from end to end.