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UNSMOKED 1999 Talbert Yule Pipe 

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The quick story - I've recently gotten hold of a large cache of my older 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!

And speaking of new and unsmoked... This pretty much blew me away when I received it back to sell. It's never been smoked from when it was first sold back in December of 1999! To my startled surprise, it's basically a brand new pipe from almost 20 years ago, and is a frozen-in-time showcase of the sort of work I was doing during my second year in the pipemaking business.

I don't recall how many smooth pipes were in the 1999 Yule set - This may be the only one, but I have a dim memory that there was another one, a crosscut with bird's-eye grain... but I could be wrong. In any event, it's a rare item indeed and I boggle at how it's remained unsmoked all these years. The only cleanup I had to do was to ream out the old, chipping bowl coating and apply a new coat of the better stuff I use now.

Like the other 1999 Yules, the shank extension is cut and turned from solid brass rod. I did the drilling and shaping of each and then turned them over to my wife Emily to do the hand-etching of the "YULE" lettering that runs around the band, with hand-rusticated squares between each letter. It's a neat effect, though it turned out to be a monumental challenge back when I had the idea, and I vividly remember the pressure of trying to get ten of these shank extensions done in time for the holiday.

So, straight from 1999, smoke a piece of Talbert Christmas history by the fireplace this December!