Billie W. Taylor II, Ph.D.

Bulldog the pipe

Avocado Green/Ebony Buff Design

pipe photo
The value of pipe #111 is 38 points.
38 points description

Chicagoland Pipe and Cigar Club held its annual Show April 23-25, 1999 and I was delighted to attend. One of the dealers there, Jim Tedesco, had a large selection of pyrolytic graphite pipes. They had been so well cleaned and reconditioned that they looked like new. We hemmed and hawed and dickered. Finally, I got about 30 pipes from him. This is one of them. This pipe is a variation on the basic design. The top half of the bowl appears to be a separate piece from the bottom half even though it isn't. The expression "buff" may come from the gem-cutters term "buff top" which refers to a step-cut bottom and cabochon cut top. Or it might refer to the process by which the first color was removed—buffing. Interesting.