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voorhees

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May 30, 2012
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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.





 

tbradsim1

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Man oh Man that’s my birthday pipe, born March 17, I don’t like to use this word, but it’s awasome, you da man. :worship:

 

craiginthecorn

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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.


 

voorhees

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Craig, your pipe(or one like it) was the inspiration for this one. I love the shape. The bakelite in green was my idea.

 

mso489

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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.

 

rdavid

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Bakelite radio knobs? Hah... I actually remember those. Grandparents had a big old radio I used to love to play with.
Anyway. Absolutely loving that pipe. A nice Morta is very high on my list.

 

tavol

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Morta suits a colorful stem and that's a fantastic combination, simply gorgeous. :clap:

 

mso489

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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.

 

scloyd

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Congrats. That's a beauty. I love colored stems on pipes. If I had to pick between two identical pipes and one had a colored stem...that's the one I'd choose.

 

brian64

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Beautiful! Congrats...what a great pipe. I wouldn't normally find a green stem too appealing, but in this case it's perfect.

 

bnichols23

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Jason, normally I don't whine, but my bank account groaned when I saw that beauty. If I get in trouble with Susan I'm blaming you. 8O