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Church50
Price: $225

The funny thing about churchwardens is that they're really the only pipe shape named for the stem rather thanthe shape of the bowl. This pipe, with a shorter stem, would be named a billiard. But add the long stem, and suddenly it isn't a billiard any more.

I could mention the cocobolo shank adornment, but honestly, I don't think you're looking at that. What sets this pipe apart is the high-contrast staining I used to accentuate the grain. This is actually a recipe that Trever Talbert and I have been working on, based on finally finding out the ingredients that Tom Eltang uses. There have been bits of collaboration in my experiments and Trevers, and bits of differences, but they're very very similar. There is one major difference between this and Trever's recipe though, which makes it different enough that it's not the same. The end effect is rather stunning though. Even with all the birdseye on this pipe, I'm still not sure that's its showing the full potential of this method of creating high-crontrast wood grain.

Important Info
Length: 11" (28cm)
Height: 1.75" (4.4cm)
Chamber Diamter: .75" (1.9cm)
Chamber Depth: 1.5" (3.8cm)
Stem Material: Vulcanite
Bit Thickness: .16" (4mm)
Airway Diameter: 9/64" (3.5mm)
Weight: 1.5oz (42g)



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