Pipe Lubinski Meerschaum in smooth Bulldog sea foam
Production Year: 2020
Weight (Gr): 39
Mouthpiece Material: Metacrilato Giallo
Length (mm): 145
Bowl Height (mm): 48
Outside Diameter (mm): 38
Hole Diameter (mm): 18
Hole Depth (mm):
Sea foam made from whole block
Group 6: Medium size
Sea foam is generally known as the "white goddess" and her admirers particularly emphasize her rendition. It is composed of hydrated magnesium silicate (scientifically referred to as sepiolite) found in Turkey and Tanzania.
Its origin is uncertain, but it is assumed that the calcareous water of the rivers has eroded the magnesian stones and deposited the mud formed. Possible geological changes would have determined the change of the course of the river leaving behind, at a depth between forty and eighty meters, alluvial deposits that would then be pressed into blocks under the pressure exerted by the tectonic masses above.
While there are countless legends on the date of birth of the first pipe made from this particularly light material, on the other hand it is certain that the first European sea foam pipes were manufactured in Hungary and imported by some aristocrats in Vienna, where a sea foam processing center was developed. Around 1870 over two hundred companies located in the Austrian capital were producing hydrated magnesium silicate pipes and the term "Vienna foam" was introduced into the pipe literature.
The best sea foam used in the processing of pipes is the block one from Turkey. The material originating in Tanzania is geologically much younger than the Turkish one and does not give the same yield and does not even have the same truly white color as the Turkish one, extracted mainly in the surrounding Eşkisehir region. For low-priced pipes, pressed foam is also used, consisting of foam waste held together by the pressure exerted and the binder. The lower quality consists of the bulk sea foam which also consists of waste, but. Contrary to what has just been illustrated, they are ground into a pulp which, once water, potassium silicate and potassium salts are added, is boiled for processing.
Block sea foam pipes, which we will talk about now, are usually made on the lathe. At first the blocks are cut to the right size, softened in water and finally, still wet, turned and drilled and often carvings or ornaments are applied to them. While in the past turned heads or sculpted heads were dipped in whale white, today they are dipped in lightened white wax. Foam pipes have won over many smokers because they do not need to be broken in, do not suffer burns and allow the tobacco to retain its aroma. So the pipe "does not take it" if the smoker smokes different tobaccos. The desire of most smokers is that the color of their "white goddess" gradually changes, taking first the color amber, then pink, to finally arrive at dark brown. To achieve this goal, however, it is necessary to smoke the pipe several hundred times bearing in mind that the first time it must be smoked with great caution. In fact, if the pipe head overheats, the smoke condensate settles on the bottom and it is no longer possible to obtain a uniform color. In the past it was generally recommended not to touch the head of the pipe while smoking as fingerprints caused stains.
Some books even recommend touching the pipe only after putting on soft wire gloves. The expert Otto Pollner instead recommends smoking the pipe by holding it in the hand - as long as it is clean - as this would allow you to constantly keep the temperature under control and contribute to a uniform heat distribution, thus obtaining the much desired red-brown shade more quickly. Many prejudices, many outdated maintenance guidelines and many incorrect advice for use have resulted in a decline in the popularity of the foam pipe in the past. In reality, the rules to be respected are few, one is, for example, that these fragile pipes should not be emptied by beating them against hard objects, but this also applies to briar ones.
There are only a few manufacturers of foam pipes left. A factor that has fostered this trend is that, when Turkish politicians realized that Turkey is one of the few countries to have deposits of the precious foam, they issued a ban on the export of the raw material to incentivize local producers. Apart from the fact that the ban is sometimes applied harshly and sometimes indulgently, some European manufacturers legally circumvent the current legislation by purchasing sea foam in Turkey, where they begin to process it and then export it. Finishing is done in Austria, Switzerland or France. Since the rights to the name of the long-established Viennese house Andreas Bauer were sold, Sedat Konçak produces approximately 1,500 pipes a year marked with that brand and 8,500 branded with his name. The Lubinski catalog offers foam pipes, exclusively Turkish block, made exclusively to a design by the Sekergioglu brothers from Eşkisehir. Usually the classification by value of foam pipes, in classic shapes, takes into account the size of the raw block, and mainly the height of the stove. Hence our classification for groups from 5 (small) to 10 (giants).
All individually packaged with a unique artisan process.