January 19, 2018, 8:40 am
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It seems like these days are a collection of firsts for me. This one was a particular challenge, considering the scarcity of examples. There's plenty of calabash pipes out there, but not too many made entirely from briar, and none in my personal collection. To say I had my work cut out for me is an extreme understatement. I actually made a couple mock-ups out of scrap wood I had lying around before I turned to a block of briar, just to figure out how I was going to construct the thing.

What you see here is the final result. It's a large pipe, but remarkably well balanced, and light enough for clenching. No, really! The bowl insert was given a light stain, just to add some interest, and the main body has been treated to a sandblast finish. The shank extension is a piece of stabilized water bufallo horn, and the stem is hand cut vulcanite.

Important Info
Length: 7" (17.8cm)
Height: 2.5" (6.4cm)
Chamber Diamter: .75" (1.9cm)
Chamber Depth: 1.4" (3.6cm)
Stem Material: Hand cut vulcanite
Bit Thickness: .12" (3mm)
Airway Diameter: 5/32" (3.9mm)
Weight: 2.2oz (66g)

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