My PM buddy Shaintiques extolled the virtues of Ryan's work and after very little deliberation, I asked Ryan make me a morta with bakelite. Ryan ordered some fantastic stock from Germany and created this beauty.
Beautiful! I have a very similar morta from Ryan, but with an obviously different mouthpiece. It's so comfortable in your mouth and being morta, I don't worry about what tobacco I smoke in it, so mine gets used a lot. I'm sure you'll love it
Here's my pipe.
No higher accolade than praise from the big pipe man himself. I don't think I have to say "brad" here, but maybe for newcomers. Here's a nerdy question, but a natural curiosity. Is bakelite still made new, or is it rescued from other uses from the old days when it was primary in radio knobs and dials, etc. I assume from the beautiful color and carving that this is new stock, so I wonder if it is made exclusively in Germany? The green stem really brings up the morta and gives vibrancy to the massive bowl. Really neat.
i think bakelite was used some on automobile dashboards for radio knobs but also for radio speaker grids, various control knobs, and things like housings for defroster fans which used to sit on the dashboard and have leather blades so as not to snag hands. These were family coupes and sedans of the thirties.