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NEW UNSMOKED Tatum Monster

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The quick story - I've recently gotten hold of a large cache of pipes as part of a generous gift to help us pay my wife's cancer surgery expenses. Over the next weeks, I'll be gradually posting them as I get them cleaned, inspected, etc. Many of these pipes are NEW and UNSMOKED and have been part of a display collection, sometimes for as much as 20 years!

Here is another rarity that's virtually impossible to find on the market today - a Paul Tatum pipe from 2006, still in new and unsmoked condition. Paul is a good friend of mine and we learned a lot of pipemaking together, and for several years in the mid-2000's he also worked as a pipemaker before moving on to an engineering job with NASA. During his pipecarving years, he turned out a lot of extremely creative work in lots of wild shapes, and this is a great example - It would be an ideal pipe for someone who likes our Goblins, for instance, but doesn't want a green pipe. This beastie here has a pleasantly disturbing, batrachian sort of look, with distended fins and veins across a surface rendered in stunning sandblasted age ring detail. Those who remember Paul's pipes will note the authentic glass eye in the stem, which was his trademark. That's a gorgeous stem, too. Paul was a master of pouring and mixing his own resin colors for casting his own stem rods. We both learned the process together but he was a hundred times better than I am at it - I never could figure out why he got such better results, but when I cast rod stock I typically get one good rod out of every three or four, and the others will be messes of uncured resin, bubbles, or internal fissures... Yet somehow Paul turned out stem rods like this time after time. It's worth pointing out that the material tends towards brittle so the stem bits are cut thicker than a similar vulcanite bit would be, by design, but it's a caveat that's more than offset by getting a stem that's truly a one-of-a-kind - Cast by the carver himself and not something that's available in rod form at every pipemaking supply shop.

There won't be any more of these and I'm not sure at this point that there are ANY others left unsmoked, so it's not just the stem that's one-of-a-kind, it's the entire pipe. It was made in 2006 and has been in a private collection since then, so it is very much a lost piece of the past come available today.