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UNSMOKED 2011 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!

Here's another in the "new and unsmoked" category - A "brand new", never smoked 2011 Yule Pipe. It's been a joy to see this one again - This specific pipe was the model pipe for that year's Yule Pipe promo adverts:

Revisiting this pipe makes me happy on many levels, as not only was this the model pipe but it's also my personal favorite of all 20 years I've been doing Yule Pipes. Some other years have flashier designs, but I love the subtle happy round feel of this edition and for whatever reason, this shape says "Christmas" to me just about perfectly. Every year I rack my brain trying to find some new idea that echoes the sense of the Christmas season, and perhaps it's the "Round Christmas tree ball" aesthetic, but I feel like this one hit closest to the mark.

The shank ring is handcut from brass rod, and I decorated it by etching and rusticating a crisscrossed scratch pattern, which I thought helped give it a more "Old World" feel. I really wanted this pipe and shape to look like it was from another time. The stem is handcut black ebonite from Germany. It flows smoothly from the bit down to the bowl juncture, tapering inward as it goes, and despite the curvature of the stem and shank, it will still pass a pipecleaner!

One other nice thing about this pipe is that it's so much closer to my current level of craftsmanship. Seeing a lot of the older pipes has been both a joy and a flinch, as some of them had amateur mistakes to fix or improve, but 2011 wasn't that long ago really and I'm pleased at how similar this pipe is to my current pipes, right down to the details. It's an absolute delight to see this one again and I dearly hope it finds its way to a new owner who will like it as much as I do, just looking at it sitting here on my desk.

And with this pipe, that's all of the older Yule Pipes cleaned up and posted! These last four ARE the last four - There are some other pipes from various years still to come, but here endeth all of the Yules. Merry Christmas!