It has been fun watching the conversation evolve about the “Devil Anse” pipe on the PM.com Forum. I’m all in on the pipe, by the way. I loved the way Kevin Costner used the pipe most expertly in the three-day series of the famed family feud of the Hatfields and McCoys on the History Channel, of which I watched every second.
The shape of the pipe is new to me. Maude, my grandmother, smoked a corncob of some similarity in that when the stem became too chewed, she just whacked off the end and kept on going with a shortened stem. The cob bowl, of course, was straight from her cornfields, dried, hollowed out, and smoked until black, then thrown away. A replacement dried and ready for use was picked and a new reed stem in place. Maude wasn’t much on looks or such. She was more about practicality and availability.
The Devil Anse bowl’s s shape did catch my eye, as it seems to have other forum participants as well. It is canted a bit, I suppose to keep from burning the nose, what with that short shank and stem and all.
I think it is quite a handsome pipe and one that I would very much like to own in my meager collection. In fact, I think I owned one years ago and got rid of it for some hair brain reason. The older I become, the less I understand that young fellow who was I. He was a strange sort, full of nonsense and no sense.
Anyway, the Devil Anse pipe has really struck a chord with pipe smokers around the nation. Eventually, there will be a version on the market, rest assured.
Costner seemed at home with the pipe. He knew how it fit in the mouth. So many actors inexperienced and unfamiliar with pipe smoking wobble the pipe around as if it were a toothpick or something in most movies. It is embarrassing to watch a pipesmoker-wannabe trying to puff.
I couldn’t help but think that the Devil Anse pipe was little more than a prop until I really got to looking at it. That puppy had been smoked, or the makeup department did a very good job of making the bowl look as if it had been run through a smoke ringer.
I digress. My real reason for offering an opinion is that I was tickled to see a big league actor bold enough to be true to the character he was portraying. Costner was unafraid of the antis and what they might say of him. He hit Devil Anse Hatfield right on the nose as far as I’m concerned.
It is refreshing to see that some of our nation’s best actors still have courage and commitment to the truth.
I think I will have to order that ol’ Devil Anse pipe, just to let that young fellow I once was know that there is something to be learned and treasured by growing older and hopefully wiser.