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Ligne Bretagne Goblin #1610G 

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The second in our pair of summer Goblin Toads is bigger than its sibling, nearly 1/2" larger in diameter all around, which accounts for its greater weight - This toad has more "jowl" than the other! It also has a black ebonite stem instead of its sibling's horn. Buyers tend to fall into love-it or hate-it camps in regard to horn stems, so I wanted to offer one of each with our two toads - The horn stem is more beautiful in grain and color, but thicker at the bit, whereas this one offers a thin bit and a more smoothly elegant curve and bend (Horn just does not want to bend elegantly). It also features a narrow ring of swirled German green & tan ebonite, chosen to offset this pipe's earthier, darker stain color. It's not the vivid green of #1609G, but is instead a darker pipe all around, with forest green tints and black shadows. The underside again offers a beautiful view of contrast-stained smooth green briar grain.

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...) In terms of "fatness", this one goes all-out - It's as wide as my Zippo lighter is tall!

For those who enjoy behind-the-scenes stuff, here's a shot of the pipe in its very earliest stage, sitting alongside its twin waiting for drilling:

This pipe is the larger of the two, as can be seen in the direct, side-by-side comparison. Sitting above the blocks is a nice spread of the various drill bits used in creating both pipes, including Forster for shank facing and a large spoon bit for both bowls. Bowl chambers like this allow for a much rounder bowl bottom, which can be nice, especially for inexperienced smokers who sometimes have trouble with moisture concentrating into the tightening bottom of conical-shaped chambers. That's the great thing about shapes like this - I can safely expect them both to be pretty much bulletproof smokers, able to handle virtually any tobacco with ease.