Happy Birthday Exile
I’d been looking forward to my 60th birthday for a long time. It means early retirement and all that comes with the lazy carefree life I expected it to be. It goes without saying that one has to celebrate and I decided on a Gentlemans lunch with friends. And so it was and what a day! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. During the proceedings I was presented with a gift voucher from my good friends and was told to get myself off to Søren Refbjerg and choose a pipe from his selection. Three days later I stood in his workshop.
Søren is a clever chap. Observant. The last time I visited him to collect some pipes to sell on my website, he noticed me admiring a pipe on the bench. A variation on a Bulldog, slightly and elegantly decorated with gallalite and vinyl and showing some fine grain. It was sold, however, and I had to leave it where it was but the pipe had definitely spoken to me. Noticing this and knowing of my friends plans, he immediately got cracking on a similar pipe and this was the result.
I couldn’t be more pleased. A pipe that I wanted, perhaps even more pretty than the one I was admiring and handmade by a craftsman for whom I have a great deal of respect.
My thanks to them all. This is a beauty and smoking it is a rare treat. The bit is comfortable, slightly fishtailed and a little thicker than normal, which means it hangs well in my teeth if it needs to, although I seldom bite on a pipe, preferring to smoke it in the hand. I am not a ‘clencher’. The bowl is nice to hold and the pipe is well balanced both in the hand and on the eye. Flawless as far as I can see and made from fine Corsican briar, this one will be a cherished pipe and I’m glad to have it in the rotation.
116 mm in length, the chamber is 20mm in diameter and 36mm deep. Filled with Virginia, it’s a delightful pipe to smoke.