This is a catlinite or red pipestone Plains pipe. The pipe bowl is app 3″ long and it stands app 2″ tall. The pipe and stem will be 11-3/4″ long when the bowl is connected to the stem. This pipe has some very attractive and unusual colors in it. This pipe will make a nice personal or ceremonial pipe for someone.
For centuries, ceremonial pipes have been made from catlinite. It stands up very well to heat and makes it an ideal material to use for pipes. It is still quarried at the Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, MN. Stone is quarried the same way as it was 100’s of years ago without the use of power tools.
Darwin Wallenburg is the artist who made this pipe and stem. He’s been making pipes from this material for over 30 years. His mentor was Little Feather and they worked together in Pipestone, MN when Darwin was a young man. He learned from the best! He will be happy to sign the pipe if you request it when purchasing it. There is a little area on the order form where you can leave us a ‘note’. If you’d like to see photos of some of the custom pipes crafted by Darwin, check out the Ceremonial Pipes album on the Lakota Creations Facebook Page.
All of our pipes come standard with a beaded California Redwood Stem however there are hardwood stem options available. You can upgrade to an ash, black walnut, aromatic cedar, or a cherry stem.