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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #2022lb

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When we switch to our new website, we're going to also have a Patreon site where I plan on posting a lot of pipemaking help, tips, etc (assuming there are folks willing to pay subscription fees for this sort of info, at least), and one article I look forward to writing is on airhole angles. We've been posting a lot of these larger billiards this month alongside our squat billiard, which has a slightly shorter bowl but a much shorter shank & stem, while also sporting a thicker shank. The two make an interesting comparison in a hundred years of French mass-production pipemaking - In this pipe, the shank airhole has a very slight upward angle. The shank is thin, so tilting the airhole upward allows it to enter the bowl bottom with more briar under the bottom of the bowl chamber, helping to reduce burnout. It's subtle and most people would not notice it, but it's clever. By contrast, the squat billiards with their thick shanks are able to angle the airholes down a wee bit, to allow for a deeper bowl than you'd get with a straight drilling, and still have plenty of briar under the bowl for the same durability.

I'm not sure if this is clear at all, but it's the sort of thing I'd do diagrams for in the new pipemaking site, if there's interest.

In any event, none of this has anything to do with the catalog sales pitch for this pipe, LOL, but it's some fun background for the buyer. This one came out very nice indeed! I wanted something more elaborate with the carving here, more "feathered", for want of a better word, and the end result is a fascinating mix of quill and fur in appearance. The bottom of the pipe was left natural and unstained, while the upper portion was fumed in a gradually lightening shade from the rim down, then highlighted for contrast. The result is wonderfully complex, with lots of flowing carve lines to lead the eye.

I chose the final light orange-ish stain tint (the blend color between the upper brown area and the natural base) to match some of the coloring in the marbled acrylic stem ring. There's just a *bit* of briar color veined through it and I wanted to bring it out with a similar bowl tint. Overall, the whole thing blends into a beautifully elegant ensemble, IMO at least!