Discussion in 'Pipes' started by smokerpipe, Nov 11, 2012.
Just get this handmade pipe from friend.
Morta poker pipe.
Morta is so pretty! A fine pipe in sure.
Great looking pipe.. I've been admiring the look of the morta pipes more and more as of lately
I really like it.
Thats a beauty, congrats and enjoy it in good health
Very nice pipe
An amazing pipe bro, morta is a great wood
I really like that pipe.
VERY VERY nice--Morta is a unique, and beautiful wood for sure. I REALLY love smoking mild to heavy English blends in a Morta pipe. I don't know how to explain it, but the Morta seems to bring out Latakia really well. I hope you enjoy that pipe VERY much---By the way---your friend turned out a super pipe for yah for sure.
Very nice pipe, I like the shape a lot, how the Morta compare in durability and absorbancy to briar?
I hope, this will explain your question, Briar B.
The soils that are mostly wet, sandy, gravel – and clay-like, deep and fertile usually found above high underground waters are the most suitable habitats for the growth of oak forest (quercus robur). The largest oak forests thrive best on lowland and slight upland soils of the diluvial geological era, the vallies of river basins being especially suitable sites for this type of oak.
Variations in the water level, floads, marshes formation – all are conditions that in a very special way promote the growth of this particular tree. Because of a continous change of the direction of the river flow on a greater or lesser degree, the mainstreams weave through the vallies constantly forming live meanders. In its meandering course, the river undermines the banks covered with forests, the trees fall in to the river and get drifted away in the water. When the trunk gets trapped by its branches and roots to the river bed, in time it becomes covered with the layers of mud, sand and gravel. Deprived of oxygen the wood undergoes the process of fossilization and a long process of abonos formation (or Croatian “Crni dub”, English bog-oak, German Mooreiche, in the world of the pipesmokers known as “Morta”).
During hundreds and thousands of years, under the influence of the minerals and iron from the water, the decomposition of oak timber is consideraby slower. In the formation of abonos a special role is played by the currents of the underground waters, providing solution of the ingredients which make compounds with larger quantities of tanin from the wood and in this way induce darkening of the wood colour. The centuries-long process of timber change, often termed “maturation” results in colour alteration from golden-brown to completely black, and its hardness is incrased to such a level that later it can only be carved with the use of specially grind and exceptionally firm tools.
The time necessary for the oak to transform from the end of its biological growth to abonos is various. Acccording to the conditions under which “maturation” takes place, this process can last two, three, or seven thousands years. Due to the ecological reasons menitioned above no two trunks can be found of the same colour.
Sites of abonos wood in the world are very rare. In the sites expected to accomodate it (in Croatia mainly in the valley of the river Sava and its branches) abonos is hard to find, the access to the river bank and its bed is usually difficult, and abonos recovery usually results in failure. Therefore, excessive preparations and engagement of a large nuber of professionals skilled in diving in the murky waters and in complete darkness, are necessary. Abonos is found in the entire dark and its pulling out of the water is in fact the first sight of it after many thousands of years. The age of abonos found in Croatian rivers ranges from several hundred years in the rivers on the southern part to the oldest retrieved so far in the river Krapina being 8290 years old.
Saving the quality of wood as the material for potential further processing is a very delicate matter.
The process of wood desiccation is complex, but despite greatest care most of raw wood is unsuitable for further processing. For this reason the price of quality abonos raw material is very high.
Aesthetic effect of abonos is based on the very experience of naturally formed colour, noticeable wood structure, its “imperfect” appearance, and the fact that parts of the wood are combined which by their variation in the colour, directions of growth rings, or certain “damage” convey a strong aesthetic and ethical message about the immensity of the past times. Deep impression of the passing of time is also grounded on the knowledge of longevity of wood and the miracle of its intactnes indicates that wood is not affected by usual weather conditions or vermin which naturally spoil the looks and strenght of wood. Semidry abonos wood is exceptionally hard, sometimes of the golden or copper colour, or with a tint of some other hue. Older wood can be completely black. This colour is particularly specific so every conoisseur of materials is able to notice the profound permeation of the wood structure by darkness, noble black colour of “live” wood so different from that of black fossil or coal.
Briar boy---As far as durable--its very durable. As far as moisture dissapation---it does better than briar. NOW---you may find in reading, and researching that some say a Morta pipe can heat up---I DO NOT--I DO NOT find this at all. My Morta pipe burns VERY--VERY cool. NO--I MEAN NONE----as far as moisture collecting in it. I have found mine to provide me with a unique attribute. NOW---its important to note that I DO NOT use it for Virginias, aromatics--I got it VERY specifically to smoke English, or Latakia blends. It is my opinion that until I tried Latajia in a Morta pipe---WELL---that unique wood has brought out flavors in Latakia I NEVER experienced before. Granted at first when I got the pipe--I thought---WOW---is it just my imagination--perhaps after many bowls I will, or would say---NNAAHH----it ain't so darn special after all. I CAN honestly say this pipe nirvana has remained--bowl--after--bowl--after bowl in my Morta pipe. It literally works freakin magic with Latakia--it took me to--LITERALLY--another level as far as enjoying Latakia blends---as I type--tonight I loaded it up with Frog Mortons' Cellar-----------AGAIN---a supreme experience. So much so I have totally refrained from Lats in other pipes as I find something missing when I do---------THATS JUST ME-----Its ONLY my opinion. Others may TOTALLY disagree. Thats fine. I am simply sharing my experience with you. My Morta pipe is a Becker. Yes it cost me a small fortune in which I had saved for a VERY LLOONNGG time, and had waited until I found one I liked.Its a XXL Billiard--big pipe--one of the biggest Morta pipes ive seen---I WILL NEVER regret getting it. It has provided me with some of the finest, most enjoyable chilly evening smokes while watching the night skys ive had to date.
WOW! Nice...very nice.
That is a great looking pipe, congrats.
Very nice looking brother. I really like the morta and have been thinking hard about getting one myself. Does anyone know where to a decent morta pipe for a good price?
Very gorgeous pipe I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.
Not sure he has any Morta left but take a look at his gallery then e-mail him: http://taharris.wix.com/turningsbytodd#! He is a member here but I haven't seen him post in awhile.
Also try here, pipemaker from Croatia:
Holy Crap the Wall of Fame on that site has to be the biggest overdose of pipe porn ever.