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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #20C2lb

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 Price:$465
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Meet the Yggdrasil. For anyone just joining us, Ligne Bretagne Collectors are handmade pipes, sitting atop the Ligne Bretagne grading scale as individually priced pieces instead of the machine-shaped, standardized (more or less) shapes of the regular Ligne Bretagne brand. This one is also quite a bit larger than typical Ligne Bretagnes - While it looks proportional overall, check out its size compared to the Zippo in the pics above. I've been thinking of this one as the Norse "World Tree" ever since the carving, which took our house rustication style in new and somewhat Viking directions this time. I believe this is our first mix of rustic and smooth using this style, though I've been eager to see what the results might be for a while now, as the natural flow of the rustication lines works well to mirror the flow of briar grain. In this pipe, we have a smooth bottom (It's a natural sitter) with a partially rusticated lower bowl and shank where the rustication "flames" upward in sync with the natural grain of the wood. In two places, the rustication carries all the way up and over onto the smooth bowl rim, fanning out in a root-like display among the tight bird's-eye of the rim grain. I wasn't sure at first if it would work, but as soon as I saw the results I loved it - The carving somehow gives it a distinctly fantasy sort of "dwarven" look, eminently practical and yet still a bit wilder than your typical poker. The curvature of the rustication, especially, gives it a much more dynamic look than the simple shape would otherwise possess. Plus it was a lot of fun carving and following the grain of the briar.

I had a devil of a time photographing it, though - The lighting looks different in a few of the photos though it was the same lighting and same camera throughout the shoot. Capturing the stem gave me fits. It's a caramel-and-honey swirled acrylic, beautiful in person and nicely color-matched to the pipe, but the shiny reflectivity of the thing kept making it go super bright in the photos. One day I will be a real photographer, maybe.

In any event, voila, the second Ligne Bretagne Collector of the year and a step up in complexity over the first one. Assuming everyone else doesn't hate it, we'll be doing more with this mixture of smooth and rustic since I find it fascinating to look at. It has a distinct "flame" sort of look due to the contrast range of colors involved, with darker tint along the edges where rustication meets smooth surface, like a fire's corona. We're always looking to see what we can do that's new!