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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1750lb

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Testing the waters here a little... I really love this stem acrylic swirl, but am waiting to see if they sell before buying a lot more of this material. It's likely to be the sort of thing that folks either love or hate. It does have one BIG difference from our usual Ligne Bretagne stems, however - It's acrylic instead of vulcanite. Drawbacks are that it's a little thicker and harder than our usual vulcanite bits, while the bonuses are color, variety of swirl pattern, and the fact that it will never dull or need polishing... No more green faded stems!

Apart from the fancy new stems, this look is actually a throwback to the earlier days of our Fat Dwarf styling - Back in France, we did a lot of "FD"s like this using black vulcanite stems, , so many that we eventually used up all our stem blanks only to find out that that size & style had been discontinued. I've missed them since. I've done a variety of alternative stem treatments for the Dwarves, but the long, chunky, saddle-bit stem & shank look remains my favorite.

The bowl grain here is actually better than it looks in the pics, but the problem was that the ring grain stacking is so darned tight that I had a heck of a time getting good pics of it. The above "head-on" shots sitting on the lighter are probably the best illustrative of the dense grain - I'm guessing there's around 25-30 years of growth compacted into the bowl alone!