Grade 2 Smooth Pipe: Sold
This was one of those pipes that started off on the back burner. There are times when Iím working on a commissioned pipe and either I need time for glue or finishes to cure before I can move on. This was one of the pipes that filled up the hours and sometimes minutes between.
This briar comes from the stock of a pipe maker that went out of business back east thirty years ago and the briar itself is between thirty and fifty years old, so very well cured indeed! When I bought the blocks I didnít really know what to expect, but I soon found that some, like this one, had absolutely stunning grain.
In the case of this pipe the block really dictated what I could do with the pipe. It was cut as a cross grain block and in my opinion the birdseye was just too nice not to try to find a design that would highlight it. There arenít too many designs that highlight cross grain birdseye better than the blowfish so I went for it. I decided to incorporate a few elements that werenít really part of my more recent work, if for no other reason than to keep some fresh ideas percolating through. I added a boxwood shank treatment and a saddle bit stem. The stem in particular added a nice conventional touch to a rather unconventional shape.
The block I started with was quite small so this pipe is also on the smaller side and can be held in the teeth easily. The diameter of the tobacco chamber is also a bit on the smaller side, but more than deep enough to give a good long smoke with a flake tobacco. There arenít really any negatives that come to mind with this pipe, itís got beautiful grain, perfect drilling, a comfortable bit and looks great if I do say so myself.
As with all of my pipes there is a complete moneyback guarantee on workmanship for the life of the pipe, if you are not completely satisfied with the item please send it back unsmoked for a complete refund within 30 days of receiving the pipe. Email me or contact me at 604.837.6752 if you're interested in purchasing this item and please quote item #S-64 or The Blowfish, I accept Pay Pal and money orders. I will not accept down payments or partial payments for a pipe. If you have any questions regarding payment please contact me. Please note also that the buyer is responsible for all shipping and duty costs. All prices are quoted in US funds. I do not charge for handling costs and shipping options can be discussed. Once requested I will hold a pipe for three days for Pay Pal or two weeks for Money Order. If payment or has not been received or within that time the pipe will be relisted for sale.