Very afraid. Once that has settled in, you can blame Greg Pease!
Over the years
Briar Blues has seen a number of pipes come through our doors. We have
seen carvers in high demand and seen the luster wane. Weíve seen
specific shapes got red hot, then ice cold. The pipe market is always
in flux. Some of this ever changing interest falls upon a number of
influential collectors, Greg being one.
The influx of the
Castello shape #10 ( short chunky billiard ) is just one example of
Gregís handy work, into the pipe market. The other, and what this is
about is the Castello shape 55 ( slightly bent pot, with chin ).
While Greg was
collecting the shape 55, I was lucky enough to have some arrive and find
their way into Gregís waiting hands. Most were wide bowled and really
didnít grab me. Or maybe better said, they were of a size that did not
fit into my specifications.
That changed about
2 years ago, when one lovely Occhio Di Pernice arrived. I decided to
keep the pipe and find out why Greg was so fond of the shape and if
indeed it was ( as Greg put it ) a smoking machine. Greg was right and
thus began my lust for more smaller Castello 55ís. I own 6 and 5 have
been stamped with the Briar Blues nomenclature, so they cannot leave
until I leave for good.
So why did I say Be
2016 is our 20th
year. In years past we have arranged a pipe of the year with a variety
of carvers. This year I decided to jump in, head first. Through my
friend Marco ( Novelli ) we have arranged for Castello to create 20 (
only ) shape 55ís. These will each have some sort of adornment and be
stamped in some way to celebrate Briar Blues 20th year.
These pipes will be
in my greedy hands in late July and will shortly there after be posted
on the site. They will be first come, first served. No reservations.
I will most likely not post any pre viewing photos. They will arrive,
go to a hidden page on the site, and those on the email update list will
get notification on where to view or select from the group.
What is left will
then go to the public area.
Please blame Greg
Pease for setting me on this path and aiming me towards what I think
will be an incredible selection of 20 Castello pipes.