IMP Meerschaum 25%-30% OFF

IMP Meerschaum pipes solved the problems of poor fitting and plastic stems. There fittings are similar to a briar and the stems are hand cut from A Grade German Lucite with Delrin tenons. That is why we have added them to our site. All IMP Meerschaums are hand carved in Turkey from the best block meerschaum in an atölye (artisans workshop). 
Meerschaum (magnesium silicate/sepiolite) is a porous white, mineral first used for pipe making in the 1720’s. When wetted it becomes similar to potters clay & easily carved. The word "meerschaum" is German for "seafoam", named due to its appearance when pieces were found floating in the Black Sea. 

Meerschaum is dug up by hand from rickety tunnels in the earth. It is then split into blocks for differently sized pipes. IMP meerschaum pipes are hand made by skilled craftsmen in stages. An apprentice roughs out the shape, and a master comes in later to do the carving and detailing (such as the figural pipes). Then it is kiln dried. After they are polished with glass-paper, bathed in natural beeswax & then polished with bone ash. Which aids the coloring process over long use. For those who prefer immediate color, IMP stains some bowls.

IMP avoids the wearing out problems of earlier times. Each IMP is sleeved in the shank to accept the smooth nylon tenon, that will be similar to removing the stem from a briar pipe. Every IMP Meerschaum Pipes use a high grade delrin push-pull, tenon and mortise, with a Lucite or Acrylic stem, and a 4mm draft hole. Each pipe comes in a fitted carved wood case that is lined and leather covered. Meerschaum pipes don't burn out and each will color differently from the bottom up over the years.