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Talbert Briar #1902TB 

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Here's the follow-up to the first Talbert Briar of 2019... which was posted almost two months ago! I'd intended to follow it up with many more Talbert Briars very quickly, but seriously underestimated the popularity of our new Ligne Bretagne rustication finish, and ended up making nothing but rusticated LBs for nearly all the time in-between. By the time I sent off the box of LB rustics for the Chicago show, I was determined to get back to work on a new Talbert, and here it is - A sinuous, reared-cobra sort of shape, freehand but with a distinct sense of motion and life, just the way I like it.

The entire shape is made up of the smooth S curves that I love so much (Those interested in such stuff might want to read my blog article on the subject) to the point that there isn't a straight line on the pipe... except for the airhole! Yep, while the stem shape is curved and flowing, the airhole inside is a simple straight line for smoking practicality. It tilts slightly in the shank but will easily pass a pipecleaner from bit to bowl, and the draw is about as effortless as I can make it. The shape and particularly the side lines of stem and shank curve as stem passes into bowl to bend into the circle of the briar's expanding age rings, which all fan up and out from the rear base of the bowl above the shank. The bowl rim is natural plateau and I let its curvature dictate the entire form of the pipe - The design literally grew downward from the top of the burl.

I went to some pains to get the staining to match the swirled cumberland stem, to let the whole pipe seem as much one single piece as possible, to the eye. I'm especially happy with how the smooth grain on the shank underside's stamping area flares away in a "burst" from the grain of the stem, making them seem in visual sync with each other. The stem is aligned also to allow the cumberland grain to flow with its shape - It moves outward along the crease lines at the sides of the stem.

It's worth mentioning that this is a BIG pipe. It's short in length, but tall in bowl, and especially cavernous - One full bowl in this will last quite some time.