The Ligne Bretagne Collector grows up

When you’re running a business year after year, it’s funny how the
seeds you plant grow lives of their own, over time. When I first created
Ligne Bretagne, I envisioned a solid pipe with a lot of “indie” artisan
style for the price of a good factory-made pipe. Over time, I began
gradually putting more and more work into each Ligne Bretagne until they
became seriously high-quality pipes amongst a great deal of factory
brands. When I envisioned the Ligne Bretagne Collector, I originally
intended them to be a way of finishing out Talbert Briar rejects as
sellable pipes… Handmade pieces that were great values for the money,
just skipping a lot of the extra time and labor that goes into Talbert
Briars. I probably should have known better, because I am apparently
incapable of doing “just enough” on anything, I always want to sit with
the pipe and put in all the extra effort and time needed to make it
*really* exceptional.

The result of this has been the gradual upward mobility of LB
Collectors into being, not “Talbert Seconds”, but fully equal in many
ways to our Talbert Briars themselves. It’s been a constant struggle to
keep reminding myself, “No, can’t afford to do the boiling, can’t do
that extra stem work, etc” to keep the prices of Collectors down, so
I’ve decided for 2018 to simply “Let them run”… To take as much time
as I need on them and make them as good as they can be. Yes, they will
be cost a bit more, but they’ll be better pipes for it, without the
frustrations of trying to decide what I can and cannot afford to do to
keep them within some marketing-driven cost range.

Will they replace Talbert Briars? No. What they *will* be, are
high-end handmade pipes with a distinct style of their own. The pipe you
see above is as good an opening “Declaration of Intent” as any I could
have hoped for – In short, a very NON-“second” handmade piece designed
around the bones of classical pipe shapes in styles that are dynamic and
reflective of my own personal aesthetics. Talbert Briars will continue
to be my working studio for everything wilder, more fantasy-oriented,
and more unusual. In a nutshell, if you want a beautiful handmade pipe
in a classical shape with extra flair, the new Ligne Bretagne Collectors
should suit you perfectly.

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