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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1701lb

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I wanted the first pipe of 2017 to be something cool and special, and doing all the bowl rim swirl carving on the 2016 Yule Pipes was so much fun that I'm thinking I will do more detail carving work like that in the future... and here is the first example. I love the overall curved shape, which slowly expands from a thin, precision-filed bit out evenly to a widening shank that flows smoothly into the rounded curves of the bowl. It's a joy to hold, as the thumb wraps neatly around the upper curvature of the shank and egg shapes always feel good in the grip.

The real eye-grabber, however, is certainly the rune-carved bowl ring. Initially I'd planned for a smooth ring, as with #1702LB, but I realized early on that it would look rather "off" against the detailed surface texture of the sandblasted bowl. Doing a full-surround rune carving was the obvious answer, as it gives the ring detail to balance the blast texture while also giving the entire pipe a strongly fantasy-tinted character - If you're looking for the perfect pipe to smoke during Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, here you go!