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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1733lb

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This pipe, #1732LB, and a Dublin pair from last update all have a little story behind them - We have a lot of these stummels in roughed form in our stock, filling up several crates. We just brought them straight back from France without much digging, because straight Dublins of decent bowl size are always popular and good sellers & smokers. I wanted to do a few of these alongside some back orders I was working on, so I went out and did a bit of digging in one of the boxes, and found a small fraying bag buried under the bowls. Inside were maybe six or eight stummels like this, with perfect grain... I've mentioned before that usually I get perhaps 3-5 grade 5 pipes in a year, out of 150+ produced. If all of these bowls finish out as nice as they look now, every one will be a grade 5! I can only guess that the previous pipemaker had sorted and hand-selected these a couple decades ago, and put them in this bag to set them apart, but never got around to finishing them. Whatever the story, I now have a handful of matching, near-perfect straight Dublins to finish and post. I'm tempted to finish them all together and make a 7 day set from them, but I wasn't sure if there would be a buyer for that and August is always a slow month and I just flat don't have the time for a "project" right now, so I chose to start by finishing a pair.

While the first pair of these perfect Dublins were naturals, I wanted this one to go full-tilt-boogie in the opposite direction... to be the red Ferrari of pipes, at least in terms of visual impact. A straight Dublin isn't exactly the sort of "artist" shape that tends to get all the goggle-eyes these days, but I think this one is about as, "Wow" as it could be without actually staining the whole thing red (I kept it brown to match the horn stem).

The stem is a French-handcut horn piece with beautiful mottled coloring that I've carried onto the bowl in harmonious colors. It's also a bit of a magic trick, too, as the bowl was not "stained" with normal modern colored dyes, but rather was darkened via an old briar-darkening technique I learned in France. The reason it's a magic trick is that all the coloring on this pipe is 100% alcohol-resistant. I don't recommend wiping your pipe down with alcohol as you'd just have to re-wax the thing again, but unlike nearly all modern pipe stains, you won't remove any color if you do so.