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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Morta Calabash

I've just finished up this Morta Calabash project I've been working on all week.  After that last, very avant-garde calabash design, I wanted to do something in a more classical shape, and also something that was a bit more practical - More compact, more portable, and just plain more rugged.  I've gotten a great deal of enjoyment out of my own little sandblasted meerschaum over the years, but I have not until now made a pipe from this material that I intended for sale.  This is the very first Talbert Meerschaum ever available, and is in fact one of only three in existence at this point (The others being my own and one I made as a gift for a friend).  I shot a lot of photos as the pipe progressed, and here they are collected into a visual presentation of the making of the pipe.  I'll probably print these out in "Suitable for framing" versions for whoever buys the thing, to make a nice little extra.  I've said on occasion that I wish I could afford to keep this pipe or that one, but probably never more so than with this one - I really want this pipe for myself, and I'm going to seriously envy whoever ends up buying it (As I write this, it is still available, and has not yet been posted to the website).

Click each pic to see the full-size (and more readable) image!