Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Early XXth century Saint-Claude Pipe Carvers

Over centuries, Saint-Claude gave the world many pipe carvers of exception.

At the beginning of WWII, the local Chambre Commerciale des Fabricants de Pipes, organized an exhibition of the finest pipes produced in Saint-Claude,

Stand Exposition sur la pipe de Saint-Claude, Courtesy of the Archives municipales de Saint-Claude
In the display case located in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph, some of the most amazing feats accomplished by pipe carvers appear,

Courtesy of the Archives municipales de Saint-Claude

Here are some of those masterpieces...

11 inches (28 cm) long... Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB


Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB


This pipe is 34.5 inches (88cm). Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB



Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB


The bowl is a classic Belgian model with  foot long stem! Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB



Classic Belgian bowl with a 15.5 inches (40cm) stem made of painted wood. Courtesy of the Musée de la Pipe et du Diamant, Saint-Claude, France; Photo: Philippe Cousin/JLB
 



Another graceful and unusual early Twentieth Century briar, photo courtesy Museum Chacom, Saint-Claude

A late Twentieth Century interpretation of the above pipe by contemporary Saint-Claude master carver Paul Lanier is ample evidence that this tradition of excellence is very much alive.






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