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Ligne Bretagne October Pumpkin #1

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Meet the first Ligne Bretagne October Pumpkin! For the full backstory on this year's October pipe project, check out my pipe blog post HERE.

What you see above is the model pipe, the first one. When you click "Add to Cart" up above, each pipe of this style will be made to order, for each buyer, and buyers will receive specific photos of their own personal pipe for approval before shipping. With that in mind, I must stress that each of these pipes will involve a lot of individualized hand carving and detailing. That means they're going to vary, more so than a normal LB Classic. The dimensions will be consistent but expect slightly different facial details, subtle shifts of expression, etc... In short, every one of these is going to be its own unique pipe, even though they're ostensibly a "series". The thing I can guarantee is that they're all going to be wickedly cool.

When I started this project, I had one very specific facial expression in mind as my guiding inspiration. I didn't want to just carve the standard Jack-O-Lantern with triangle eyes and teeth and be done, I wanted the expression to have character and malice and more than a little evil glee. I ended up spending an inordinate amount of time test-carving various faces onto sample blocks, just to compare finishes and expressions, all because I set out to chase the happy smiling face of this little fellow:

Now, I wasn't going to get that without a thousand dollars of carving time, but what I wanted was a classical pumpkin expression adapted to be as subtly reminiscent of Pumpkinhead as possible. I've always loved that movie and Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite movie monsters. He stands apart from the Alien and the myriad masked slashers just by looking so happy... You can tell he really enjoys his work. So basically, October Pumpkin #1 looks at the world with a distinct sense of evil smugness, because he has plans...

The main point to reiterate from my blog post on these is that I'll only be making them for a limited time, from now to till sometime before Halloween. I want to have all the orders finished and shipped in time for everyone to have their pipes by Halloween, which means that there will come a point when I can't take any more new orders, because I've got the whole month booked up. How soon that will happen depends on the sales, so the best I can say is, if you want to get one, try to make your purchase early rather than waiting until the week before Halloween, for best chances.

As pipes, both of the Pumpkins are short-bowled, long-stemmed, light in weight, and lightly sandblasted. Beyond that, they differ in several aspects - This Pumpkin is a bit lighter, with a thinner, more delicate stem that's ideal for those who prefer small, super-thin bits. The shank ring is cut from a rod of 1930's-era swirled vulcanite.