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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 one is an estate, it's been smoked, and we're winding the clock back a few years here to 2001 - I'd been fulltime in the business for 3 years at that point. There was still no "pipe internet" to speak of, like there is today - No forums full of tips and no going to YouTube to look up 20 different "How To" videos if I ran into problems. I just had to figure it all out for myself. I was, however, starting to develop some ongoing riffs of personal style, and this pipe is a good example of such with its slightly askew take on a simple classical billiard. I love for my work to look as if it's started to go a bit wild and that's evident here in the jaunty bend of stem and shank and the combination of billiard bowl and jagged plateau top.

Also, it's just simply a really neat piece - It looks a lot better in the hand than in the photos, because the sandblasting of the bowl is so intricate that most of the grain detail just gets lost in the photography. Some pipes are beautiful but not likable, others are likable but not beautiful. Here, I hope, is one that lives along that edge - extremely likable and practical with more than a hint of exotic flair.

I've given it a thorough cleaning but I did not re-sandblast this one as I was too fond of the original blast and stain & finish combo - The highlighting of the grain just looks really nice as it is, and the patina of age has given the bowl a richness that I doubt I could replicate with stain. There's some rim darkening remaining but again, I didn't want to resort to the more extreme methods of removing it (along with a lot of stain and color), so I've simply cleaned it back and polished the darkened wood instead. It's a tall bowl, too (bigger than it looks), so this one's probably best for fans of larger pipes.