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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1757lb

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Followers of our Instagram page have seen this stem before - I recently posted a couple shots of a big stem boiling project in the kitchen, where we boiled and bent a number of horn stems all at once. I do them in groups because it takes anywhere from 30-50 minutes of boiling before the straight horn stems become flexible enough to bend, and even then it usually requires a custom bending jig that I've made to put a decent curve in them. They tend to want to bend in kinks rather than smooth and even like this, which is annoying and especially so when the end goal is a pipe like this one, where all its grace and character lies in carrying off that smooth and very gentle arc from bit to bowl. It gives the pipe a bit of tavern clay personality, while keeping its briar virtues and not being so far tilted that one can't see to light it.

The funny thing about this pipe is that, despite the evidence of the pics, the stem is really NOT that bright and glowing... My camera wanted to make the stem almost lightsaber-bright in every photo. In reality, it's really a somewhat gold-tinted milky color, pale but not as glaring as it looks above. The sandblasted bowl was stained with our gold-contrast two-tone finish, where the bowl is first deep-stained yellow and then topped with a thinned Autumn brownish red which is mostly rubbed back for contrast. It's a nice effect, and really helps the grain stand out in intricate detail.