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UNSMOKED 2000 Talbert Briar 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 here is one of those new ones - An unsmoked, "brand new" year 2000 Yule Pipe! I'd made three Yule Pipes in 1998 and then a set in '99, but for 2000 I first really grappled with that ongoing challenge... What, exactly, looks "Christmas" in a pipe? Most pipe companies will just pick a shape from their normal output and slap a seasonal band on a set of them and that's that, but I wanted more. Funnily enough, I was just talking about this with Sally Gottliebson at this year's CORPS show. Every year I have the same challenge - How do I make a holiday pipe set that actually looks Christmas-ey? For the 2000 Yule Pipes, I decided to go full Victorian and emulate the look of a Victorian clay in briar. The bowls would be blasted to resemble the pine cones we used to decorate the house with when I was a kid. I didn't know anything about bleaching briar at the time so I wasn't able to make them whiter like clays, so instead I went in the opposite direction and picked cumberland stems with multiple layers of varying stain colors to try and create a seamless color tone from briar to stem. If I recall correctly, these pipes were Emily's first work with pipe stains, and I believe it was her who did all the color matching and blending to get these looking right.

I haven't modified this pipe at all - It's exactly as it was originally created back in 2000.