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Estate 2000 Talbert Yule Pipe, Smooth

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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!

This pipe is an estate, however, but I've given it a full cleaning and inspection and polish, and reamed and re-carbonized the bowl chamber. Drawing through the stem, I don't get any ghosting flavors, so I expect it to smoke very much like a new pipe, just for a few hundred dollars cheaper! 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.

Most of the Yule Pipes in this set were sandblasted, with a bowl meant to resemble a pinecone, but this was IIRC the sole smooth pipe of the 2000 set. I'd drilled it with the grain angle to produce the ideal sandblasted pinecone look, but as I worked I found that the briar just didn't have any flaws outside of a few tiny spots, so I took it all the way to a smooth finish. The result is downright lovely, with a distinctly Victorian-looking bowl that would be right at home at any Baker St. Christmas.