Sarah Swan

Object Stories

Meerschaum Pipe

My friend Tim gave me this pipe the day I turned 21. The white used to be pristine, but Turkish Sepiolite is like stiffened foam. It absorbs the colours of burning tars. First yellow, then orange, then all the pretty ambers. Tim and I had a Friday tradition—walk down Carlton to Thomas Hind’s Tobacconist. Buy some lightly flavoured Cavendish. Sit and smoke on the muddy banks of the Red. We used the 3 pinch method, filling the bowls with exaggerated solemnity. We sat on a bench so old it was growing moss, every square inch scarred with carved initials and lines of poetry.

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