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Talbert Briar #1904TB 

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The previous Talbert Briars of this year have been fairly exotic pieces so I wanted to do something more classical for a change of pace, and I've always been fond of this sort of gentle S-curve from bowl to shank to bit. The star of the show here is our new finish, a fusion of our new rustication style and sandblasting to create a whole new look with the dynamic flair of rustication and the natural grain pattern of a sandblast. I really like the look, though its fate is up in the air as it's VERY labor-intensive (I've said previously and it's still true - I could make 3-4 rusticated Ligne Bretagnes in the time it took to do this finish by itself, not even counting the rest of the work on the pipe).

Once the rustication and sandblasting are done, the finish is contrast stained and then manually highlighted to bring out the texture and details of the surface. It takes forever, but on the plus side it's the sort of surface that one can study for years on end and always find some detail to enjoy.

The handcut stem is made from 1930's-era swirled green/teal & black ebonite. I found some rod stock of this over in France and have been very gradually using it since, as I've only got a few short rods of the stuff and once it's gone, it's gone forever. It's a beautiful and unique color rendition that gives the pipe a little something extra special, especially with the color contrast between it and the yellow and black tint ranges of the bowl surface.