On the Lighter Side

Some recent conversation in a Facebook pipe group spurred me to write something about my own experiences with different lighters over the last 30 years. Above you can see the four that I have at the moment, though only three of them are in active use because lighter-fluid Zippos are Read more…

The Virus Post

So, here we are in Very Strange Times indeed! I write this on April 4th, with the impact of Covid-19 well and truly beginning to settle in, and I felt it was important to provide a little explanation of what the Talbert Pipes Workshop will be doing to cope with Read more…

What is Patreon?

Those of sharp eye may have noticed an unusual link in our menu at the top – “Our Patreon“. What the heck is Patreon, you ask? Patreon is essentially a private social club where fans, collectors, and trainees can interact with artists and creators of their choice, at the cost Read more…

We can rebuild him

Another trip down memory lane with another 1998 pipe donation needing some work.  This pipe, which I informally dubbed the Marlowe after a certain PI, was one of the most difficult things I’d tried at the time, though looking at it now it’s a terribly clunky thing – To my Read more…

Reworking the flashback

Very recently, I’ve gotten my hands on a small treasure trove of my older work which I’ll be cleaning up and selling in order to raise funds to help pay for my wife’s cancer surgery.  It’s been a fascinating trip down memory lane, particularly in regard to the oldest pipes Read more…

Collector grows up

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 Read more…

Meet the Gnomes!

Back when we were readying to leave Brittany to return to the US, we had to choose what we brought and what we left behind.  We brought all of our morta stock, all of our briar stock, and roughly 20,000 rough-turned Ligne Bretagne stummels in medium and larger sizes.  What Read more…