Making the Christmas pipe is the most important decision I have to make all year. Generally, I start thinking about it in the summer and put it off until September and try to have something ready in time for the Corps show in early October.This year I didn t go to Corps so it gave me additional time to procrastinate.
I was talking to my good friend, Bob Sholiton, about the design as I wasn t exactly coming up with something that had universal appeal and would pass the pipe cleaner test. Bob s got about 30 of my pipes and he suggested I use his favorite one which was the "Cabin Pipe" which I made for the pipe smoking fly fisherman who come to his cabin on Penns Creek every May. I said, well isn t the "our" design? His suggestion was to change it a bit but keep the same general design principals. So back to work I went and I tried the pipe with different billiard bowls which didn t look right. I finally decided to use the original design but downsize it a bit. I used on a slimmer shank and stem, and took some of the bulkiness out of the bowl. The original was designed for fishing, hence the heavier wall and be a setter so one could rest it and tie flies while smoking. I m pretty happy with the results. I think you d term the bowl a dublin -poker, if such a term exists. The pipe weighs 2 oz and sits comfortably in the mouth. It rests well on a flat surface. The bowl is tapered and holds plenty of tobacco. The height is 2" and length is 5 3/4"
Here is an early model:
Pristine One Star Size 5
The pipe will be offered in all the normal finishes and will be on the web site as soon as he sandblasts come back and can be fisnished up. If you want to order in advance and reserve a particular pipe just e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you like it !!
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