Ligne Bretagne Collector #20C11LB

Ligne Bretagne Collector #20C11LB

A rusticated Ligne Bretagne Collector

$515.00

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SKU 20C11LB Category

Additional information

Weight 38.8 g
Dimensions 12 × 3.5 × 5 cm
Bowl Height

5 cm

Chamber Depth

4.5 cm

Chamber Diameter

1.6 cm

Airhole Size

5/32"

Grade

Collector

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To quote from our Grading PageWhat is a Ligne Bretagne Collector? These handmade pipes sit at the top of the Ligne Bretagne brand, offering quality workmanship in creative styles derived from classical pipe shapes. They’re created using the same briar I use for Talbert Briars, and go through the same processes in order to be fully comparable smokers and beautiful pieces of art combined. Each pipe is priced individually based on grain and complexity of design, with prices typically running between $350 and $500.

I’ve commented in prior descriptions about the fun we’ve been having working with these small WW2-era briar blocks. Pipes in general were smaller back then and these blocks are cut small, meaning the overall size of the pipe will be limited. However, this seems to be a great spur to creativity, and our recent series of these “fantasy” renditions of popular classical shapes has been a hit for us. They’re short pipes with bigger bowls than it might seem, rendered in lively and organic shapes partly inspired by nature and partly by pure imagination.

This particular pipe is our fantasy rendition of an Oom-Paul, and it just about burst the budget. I haven’t done this sort of highlighted complex swirl pattern since last year’s Yule pipe, and coupling that with the smooth polished bowl top and the pinpoint rusticated bowl rim really ran up the working hours. It was also a WEE bit tense, as doing all the carving around the smooth ring had to be done very carefully because one slip and the tools could have cut gouges in the smooth ring and caused irreparable damage. The ring top is part of the block, not a separate piece glued into place, which would have been so much easier. But on the plus side, the buyer will never have to wonder whether it will break off someday after enough heat cycles to the epoxy.

The overall theme is “hobbit”. I started doing fantasy and LOTR-themed pipes back in the 90’s and my personal vision of Shire-type pipes has always been of rounded forms, squat shapes, and chunky proportions. The result is a shape that can only be described as “friendly” – The thing is a joy to hold, an egg for the palm.