A Long Lost Trade: Irish Clay Pipes
May 9, 2014
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The Gems Made Of Heather

The heather is collected from the Perthshire hills of Scotland. The stems are then dried, shot-blasted to remove the bark and dyed various colors to reflect the hues and shades of the heather moors and stunning Scottish landscape. Stems of different colors and thickness are mixed and compressed into a block. Approximately 60 tons of pressure is required to press the stems together. The heather block is then cut into slices and individual pieces are cut, sanded, and shaped by skilled craft people before being lacquered to give the final finish.