Product Number: 004-001-6173
I think it's a testament to Rasmussen's standards as a pipe maker that this piece, with all of its immaculate grain, was placed in the second tier of on the grade scale (ranging from 1-3 stars; the Butterfly stamping being his absolute highest). Beautifully unconventional, the grain on the bowl and shank are so close together they begin to overlap into layers, creating a texture that I would describe as bristly animal fur - the kind you might find on a wild fox. On the pipe's underbelly is a treasure trove of birdseye, appearing like the entrance of an ancient cave that is covered in an impenetrable veil of spider webs.
Shape-wise, it's a fairly neoclassical Danish rendition of a Volcano. The first place the eye falls is on the bowl, which bears most of the visual weight. Beginning at the rim, we see a perfect, little halo of birdseye, which quickly expands out, then softly sweeps at the base into an effortless gesture. It is a form which perfectly encapsulates the grain, almost seemingly bending to it - the stain is warm and classic, given a highlight of yellow in the Mazur Birch stem accent.
Now, to be completely honest, I am not usually a fan of the Volcano, and I know a lot of other pipe lovers who aren't either; it's a tough shape to execute, but in this pipe, however, I have seen the light.
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|Length: 5.50 in./139.70 mm.||Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.|
|Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.||Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.|
|Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.||Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.|
|Stem Material: Vulcanite||Filter: None|
|Shape: Bent Brandy||Finish: Smooth|
|Material: Briar||Country: Denmark|