I received my brand new "Hello Beastie" clay pipe from Heather at Dawnmist Studio just now and thought I'd share this piece of art with you!
Not only does it look and feel great, the two bowls I've smoked in it so far have been excellent! The bowl naturally gets hotter than on a briar (though not as hot as my other clay pipe, the walls are thicker on this) and gives a surprisingly cool smoke, my other clay pipe smokes good but this is several notches above that! It also brought out the flavours in Mixture 965, which is what I've smoked in it so far, splendidly. I haven't been a big fan of the blend before but this made me appreciate it much more and I can't help but drool at what it might do to some of my favourite blends! The only downside is that the bowl is quite small.
This is what Heather says about the pipe on the Dawnmist website:
My new design is a special pipe based on original 17th Century pieces but with a modern twist! Originals are thought to show a mariner being chased by a crocodile, however with my version I have shaped the bowl to look like a certain "mutual friend" pirate character facing another of the great sea creatures... the Kracken! I hope you will enjoy smoking this witty design.
Stem length 8 inches (21cm). The smoking chamber size is approx 35mm deep and 15mm diameter on the inside at the rim. The surface is all hand burnished on the stem and part bowl. This pipe can be smoked. The mouth end is NOT glazed.
Here are some pictures taken by me:
And finally one of a very satisfied piper:
Has anyone else got a Dawnmist clay pipe, and if so, how do you like it?