Here’s a bit of news – Our local pipes & tobaccos & beer & cigars & wine shop now has their website open and stocked with available pipes. They even have one of mine, a Talbert ring grain sandblasted freehand from 2007, probably our best year in France (It was a bit odd to see our old “Faite en Bretagne” stamp on one again). Sharp-eyed folks may notice I’ve included their logo and a link to their site on our website’s home page now, too.
At the moment they are in the process of posting their stock of estate and artisan pipes to the site, so check back with it often as there is new stuff going up. Also, they’re about to have the first new infusion of pipes from our workshop in a long time… Probably since around 2008! We’ve finished up ten special Ligne Bretagnes as our re-introduction to their retail shop. Emily spent considerable time digging through our stock of LBs to find ten stummels, each one a different shape, that were all flawless enough to finish as naturals. Each one is also fitted with a stem ring handcut from teak decking off of the USS Battleship North Carolina. I’ve used this material before (For up-close pics of an example, see here). Larry, P&P’s owner, picked up the material while vacationing at the NC coast and mailed it to me in France some years back, but I haven’t had the chance to work with it until now. It’s beautiful material, and between the stem decor and the unstained bowls, these are going to make a special and affordable set of pipes to restart our P&P relations again. Check out the pics here for samples of a few of them!
The pipes are finished now and I’ll be dropping them off at P&P sometime this week, probably Wednesday. I’ve talked with Larry about having an afternoon “Meet and Greet” where I would be there to talk to interested folks, and could show off the pipes directly, but we haven’t set a date yet. If you’re interested, contact the P&P guys at their website by phone or email!