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Ligne Bretagne Goblin #1609G 

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I wanted to do a pair of similar "Goblin Toads" this week - Squat, fat, very wide and round bowls that look like hobbit pipes gone undergrowth-mossy. I've got a nice stock of plateau blocks that are cut perfectly for shapes like this, being wide and flat rather than tall and rectangular, which is perfect for allowing these really wide-bodied bowls. While the other pipe got a black ebonite stem, this one has a French-handcut horn stem that shows off some very beautiful grain, as well as a wide range of colors and tones - Check out the close-up photos of it above, it's gorgeous!

On a fundamental design level, Goblins tend to split into two basic shape camps - Horns or Pots. Either long, tall, and flaring, or wide, flat, and fat. What I like about these chubby "toad"-ish ones is that they're pretty much the perfect pipe, from a smoking perspective - The massively thick walls keep the bowl cool in the hands, and the rounded, balanced shapes mean they can sit upright when set down... They're Weebles, they wobble around but can't fall over (If you're too young for this reference, Weebles were a 70's toy with a theme riff that got drilled into every kid's mind from that era...)

This particular example of our chubby Goblin Toads has a seriously nice sandblast, with strong age rings and a lot of craggy topography to the surface. It also has a beautiful spread of dark, contrast-stained bird's-eye across the bottom - I showed a "Making Of" pic of this process on our Instagram account. Dark bird's-eye topped with green tint makes for a striking display of grain!

For those who like behind-the-scenes shots, here are a few pics from the making of this pipe and its twin: