American Avocet churchwarden
A churchwarden pipe is a tobacco pipe with a long stem. The history of the pipe is traced to the late eighteenth or nearly nineteenth century. Some churchwarden pipes can be as long as 40 cms. In German the style is referred to as “Lesepfeife” or “reading pipe”, presumably because the longer stem allowed and unimpeded view of ones book, and smoke does not form near the reader’s eyes, allowing one to look down.
Churchwarden pipes generally produce a cooler smoke due to the distance smoke must travel from the bowl to the mouthpiece. In the past were reputedly named after churchwardens, or night watchmen of churches in the time that churches never locked their doors. The churchwardens could not be expected to go all night without a smoke, so they had pipes that were made with exceptionally long stems so the smoke and the pipe wouldn’t be in their line of sight as they kept watch.
Freehand with beautiful straight grain and birdeye, with little “skin” in the bottom of a well dried and seasoned briar from the forest hills surrounding the Mediterranean sea in Barcelona. Acrylic colored mouthpiece with a teflon cone, without filter. Ergonomic form to fit well in your hand.
I sign all pipes with my trade mark brand: a little circle piece of “antalis” ( a genus of tusk shell) and Mediterranean red coral inside.
This pipe reminds me to…
American avocet (recurvirostra americana), like many waders, has long, slender legs and slightly webbed feet.
The bill is black, pointed and curved slightly upwards towards the tip. Breed in anything from freshwater hipersaline wetlands, form breeding colonies numbering in dozens of pairs. Avocets tend to prefer habitats with fine sediments for foraging.