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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1751lb

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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 green & black swirled stem for this pipe pretty much meant that the final pipe finish was going to be either natural or green, as that stem color clashes with just about everything else, so I was quite happy when this bowl blasted so well that it could be left natural. It's been waxed to give it a bit of golden-warm tint and better protection from hand oils and such, but fans of unstained pipes will have a lot to love here, both literally (Fat Dwarves are among the bigger Ligne Bretagne bowls) and visually, as the natural finish should give some wonderful darkening with use over the years and really shows off the crosscut grain's side-to-side age rings. The bird's-eye side, seen above, is especially fantastic, though - That really produced a knockout blast, with tons of detail and depth.