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Talbert Freehand #1601T 

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More photos than usual for this one, but then it needs more photos to get the best sense of the unusual shape, which looks like several different pipe shapes depending on which angle you view it from. Followers of our Instagram page have already seen a number of pics of this pipe when it was in process in the workshop, and this evening I've written out a detailed step-by-step illustration of the process of creating this pipe, from block to finished object, while also illustrating the connections between the various design elements of the finished piece. There's a lot of background detail on the pipe there, so I'd recommend checking that article out to get the full story of the pipe.

I was fairly appalled to discover I'd made so few Talbert Briars in 2015, and I resolved to improve that situation for 2016 lest I end up getting known solely as "the Ligne Bretagne guy". I hoped for a nice pipe to start off the year with, but I never dreamed I'd get this lucky! I decided to create this one using a working style that I've often employed, which is both exhilarating and risky - Essentially, working without a net by shaping the pipe entirely according to the grain flow in the briar, without utilizing advance design sketches and such. It's a bit unnerving as a process, but one just has to take a deep breath and jump in, and trust the wood to go where it wants to.

Since the detailed description of all the stylistic elements is already covered in the Pipe Blog article I linked to above, I'll just add a few technical bits here - The stem is handcut form German cumberland rod. For those who aren't familiar with my bit styles, it features a deeply V-cut slot to smooth out and open up the draw, with a very thin profile and rounded buttons for comfort. The draw is easy, open, and whistle-free. The shank airhole is drilled straight form the mortise, and is centered between mortise and bowl bottom. While the bowl isn't hugely deep, it's a wider diameter than our usual Ligne Bretagne bowl sizes and offers a large capacity. The one comment I can make regarding the photos is that it's not as intensely yellow/gold as it appears in some of the pics - I guess that's an artifact of the studio lighting, but in hand, it's a bit more muted and gentle with its warm golden yellow finish.