ORIGINAL STONE ART BY WILLIAM BAUER
Steatite Pipe with River Cane Stem
MICMAC Style Pipe
This style of stone pipe was very popular with ancient Native Americans, as evidenced by the many examples found across the central plains and northeastern corner of the USA.
The pierced scallops on the keel, and even the indented ledge above them, are not just design elements; they function as texture, making the pipe easier to hold.
The tulip shape and narrow neck provide heat isolation. Steatite has amazing properties of heat absorption and radiation. The narrow lip of the tulip bowl slows heat transfer from the open flame of the twig being used to light the tobacco.The smaller mass of the lip heats the larger mass of the tulip base slowly.
Once the bowl is burning, the narrow neck below the bowl slows heat transfer, keeping the handle cool. Amazing design, undoubtedly the result of generations of improvements by ancient Micmac pipe makers!
Overall length 15 1/4 inches with river cane stem inserted. I drilled a 3/16 inch hole through this curved piece of cane by bending it temporarily straight in a vice!
Stone pipe dimensions: 2 inches long, 3 inches high, and 1 1/2 inches wide.
The bowl diameter is 5/8 of an inch across, and it's about an inch deep. Will hold the equivalent of about one cigarette worth of tobacco.
This rock is black pearl steatite from Virginia, the highest quality black pipestone available.
This pipe is unsmoked, unblessed, carved with good intentions and great respect for Native American cultures.
$57.00 plus $3.00 shipping via US Postal Service, tracking included.
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