A contrast-stained Ligne Bretagne billiard
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|Dimensions||13.5 × 3 × 4 cm|
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Inferno! This finish color is something I’ve been working on for… Well, probably ten years now, almost! I’ve always wanted a really fiery, red/orange glowing final finish option, and the challenge has always been to capture that ideal balance of enough color to really convey the “blaze” while not being so much that it dampens or obscures the grain contrast. The trick starts in creating that ultra-black color in the grain and then sanding and staining in layers. It’s the sort of finish that normally gets reserved for $800+ pipes but I thought the grain on this piece was too good to pass up the chance.
I also don’t feel like crosscuts get their due in grain appreciation, and I’ve always thought a good one is one of the best looking pipes possible. Here we have a dense cluster of bird’s-eye on one side with grain expanding out around the bowl and shank, and a widespread bird’s-eye display on the other, all Inferno-red to really make the details pop.
The pipe itself is the classical Ligne Bretagne billiard, straight and elegant – Basically, the fundamentals of a pipe smoking tool pared down to only the essentials. Some folks might call them boring, but to me they’re classicism at its best – A big enough bowl to enjoy while being lightweight and easy to handle, clench, and carry.