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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 10:21 pm

Morta pipes have received a lot of attention recently, and for good reason.

It is a fantastic experience to hold something in your hand that you know was alive 4 to 6 thousand years ago!  Also, Morta is lighter than Briar and tends to smoke dry.  It is a wonderful material for pipe making.

For any who don't know, Morta, or Bog Oak, is Oak that has been soaking anaerobically in a peat bog for several thousand years and is in the first stages of fossilization.  The Oak takes on the black color of the bog mud.  The older the Morta is the more completely black it becomes.

Here are some of my recent Morta pipes that I am particularly proud of:

Celtic Morta Dublin:
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A couple of Morta Canadians:
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And a fat Morta Author with Sterling Silver and Ivory:
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Todd
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rothnh



Location : Midcoast Maine
Registration date : 2012-08-26

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 10:32 pm

Love my Celtic Morta Dublin and can't wait to get the Author!

Great working with you, Todd -- and thanks for posting!  Smile 
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Ocelot55

Ocelot55

Location : Columbus, OH
Registration date : 2012-03-28

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 10:49 pm

Very nice job on all those, Todd. I love those classic shapes!
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DrumsAndBeer

DrumsAndBeer

Age : 47
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 11:00 pm

These are great! Nice job.
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cajun

cajun

Age : 76
Location : 10 miles SW of Lafayette La
Registration date : 2013-11-19

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PostSubject: Morta   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 11:13 pm

That long Canadian is mine and it is one of my best pipes, I have 2 Becker Mortas and Todd's surpasses them, I really am enjoying his pipe,
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cajun

cajun

Age : 76
Location : 10 miles SW of Lafayette La
Registration date : 2013-11-19

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PostSubject: Morta   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 11:23 pm

[img]Some Recent Morta Pipes 876D25F2-2E49-43D9-8A73-DF26ECCED893-12068-00001B0E60418E69_zps20e6919f[/img] The day I got it I smoked it on my old porch.
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Hawker

Hawker

Age : 53
Location : Alberta
Registration date : 2012-05-15

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyFri Jan 31, 2014 11:34 pm

That Arthur is a an awesome looking pipe. Nice work on them all.
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allyby

allyby

Age : 61
Location : Scotland
Registration date : 2013-01-09

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 5:32 am

cajun wrote:
That long Canadian is mine and it is one of my best pipes, I have 2 Becker Mortas and Todd's surpasses them, I really am enjoying his pipe,

I now have pipe envy. Shocked 
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pepesdad1

pepesdad1

Age : 75
Location : Tallahassee, Florida
Registration date : 2013-03-03

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PostSubject: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 9:50 am

Love those Canadians....those morta pipes are stunning.  Todd strikes again.
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holymolar

holymolar

Registration date : 2014-01-31

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 10:50 am

I really like the first Canadian. May have to order one.
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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 12:26 pm

Thanks!  Very Happy 
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Coastie3202

Coastie3202

Age : 64
Location : New Mexico
Registration date : 2014-01-31

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 12:32 pm

Someday, someday.  Beautiful pipes taharris, as always.
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Brewdude

Age : 66
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 8:25 pm

Great looking pipes Todd. I'll have to add a Morta to my stable soon.



Cheers,

RR

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Thomas Tkach

Thomas Tkach

Age : 32
Location : North Dakota
Registration date : 2010-11-24

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 01, 2014 10:54 pm

I really like the paneled one! I probably wouldn't like that stem material on any other pipe, but I think it really works here.
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huffelpuff

huffelpuff

Age : 49
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySun Feb 02, 2014 11:34 am

Todd those are stunning pipes!

Jim
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ericpierson

ericpierson

Age : 50
Location : New Baltimore, Michigan
Registration date : 2014-02-05

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Blackhorse

Age : 71
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 08, 2014 2:54 pm

I've got two ta Harris pipes... one is a mini Dub Morta with both nosewarmer and warden stems, a sweet performer...and the other is an Oom Paul that smokes so perfectly it always vies for the top spot in my rotation.

Anyone that owns a taHarris pipe is lucky indeed!

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rekamepip



Registration date : 2013-10-06

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptyMon Feb 10, 2014 9:20 pm

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Very Nice !!!
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ExcessEnergy

ExcessEnergy

Age : 69
Location : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Registration date : 2014-01-25

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PostSubject: Morta Canadian   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 5:43 pm

Love those Canadians, which is why I have so many. I only just noticed morta pipes a short time ago. What is the deal with them, and why are they considered especially desirable?
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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 7:07 pm

ExcessEnergy wrote:
Love those Canadians, which is why I have so many.  I only just noticed morta pipes a short time ago.  What is the deal with them, and why are they considered especially desirable?

Morta is Oak that has been soaking in a peat bog for several thousand years and has begun the process of fossilization. The tannins in the bog have been adsorbed into the wood turning it black. The longer the wood has soaked in the bog the more black it becomes. After about 4,000 years the wood is completely black.

Morta (or Bog Oak) tends to be lighter than Briar, smoke dry and imparts little to no flavor to the tobacco.

But, honestly the best thing about Morta is knowing that you are smoking from a piece of a tree that lived so long ago.

Todd
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RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 65
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 10:13 pm

I learned something today.
4000 year old oak gees, I don't even have a pair boots that old.
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ExcessEnergy

ExcessEnergy

Age : 69
Location : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Registration date : 2014-01-25

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 10:24 pm

taharris wrote:


Morta is Oak that has been soaking in a peat bog for several thousand years and has begun the process of fossilization.  The tannins in the bog have been adsorbed into the wood turning it black.  The longer the wood has soaked in the bog the more black it becomes.  After about 4,000 years the wood is completely black.

Morta (or Bog Oak) tends to be lighter than Briar, smoke dry and imparts little to no flavor to the tobacco.

But, honestly the best thing about Morta is knowing that you are smoking from a piece of a tree that lived so long ago.

Todd

Okay, so, as I understand it, Morta is supposed to smoke dryer than briar (sounds like a slogan), but is more vulnerable to damage than briar, although not as much as meerschaum, is a whole lot rarer than either, takes more work to obtain in the proper condition and volume for pipe carving and is therefore more expensive than an otherwise equivalent briar pipe?  But it smokes a little better and is simply cool because it's like smoking out of a fossil, er, almost.  Well, I have to say that the pipes shown on here and some of the Morta pipe carver sites I found after reading your post sure look beautiful, but I am wondering if the premium charged for Morta is really worth it.  I guess the only way to be sure is to buy one and see.  Toward that end, I bid on a couple on eBay today.  The price of one just zoomed above my pain threshold, but maybe the other one will stay closer to my tolerance level.

I've been smoking pipes for 48 years and never heard of the things until signing on here.  Thanks.
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Briar Spirit

Briar Spirit

Age : 51
Location : England UK
Registration date : 2012-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySun Feb 23, 2014 3:44 am

Stunning pipes Todd, that Celtic Dublin rings all the bells and whistles, marvellous work.

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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySun Feb 23, 2014 9:09 am

Briar Spirit wrote:
Stunning pipes Todd, that Celtic Dublin rings all the bells and whistles, marvellous work.


Thank you.
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danindayton

danindayton

Location : Dayton, Oh
Registration date : 2012-01-02

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes EmptySun Feb 23, 2014 10:34 am

bounce I am waiting semipatiently for my Taharris morta.  Todds beautiful work here prompted me to order a devil anse morta.  

Todd has been superlative to work with and I hope to see him at Smokers Haven in March.

danindayton
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