A bent Ligne Bretagne billiard
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|Dimensions||14.5 × 3 × 4.6 cm|
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Here’s a Ligne Bretagne shape that we’ve probably made no more than a dozen or so examples of over the past 18 years. The issue has been technical – Getting the stems and tenon sizes and drilling angles to all work is tricky on this shape and the result has been not many of these pipes. But, I’ve put a lot of time into working the bugs of of a couple of the more obstreperous steps (mortise drilling, tenon turning) and the result is that there will be many more of these in the future! I’m pleased, because I really like the shape. They’re super-elegant and tend to be very lightweight, and the tall bowls offer a longer smoke than they look like they would. They have a slightly narrower chamber than other LBs so I tend to suggest flakes for these bowls, but they handle pretty much anything well, it’s just that a ribbon tobacco is likely to be a quicker smoke.
This particular example is a seriously nice piece of briar, stamped with our highest Ligne Bretagne grade (again! I’ve been lucking out with the briar lately…). I applied a bit of warm contrast understain to the bowl and then finished it with a golden yellow tint for warmth, just to help bring out that amazing bird’s-eye a bit more.