American Estates: Todd Johnson Smooth Freehand with Bamboo (AL5) (2003) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-5133

Though he certainly has been known to turn out some pretty simple classics, Todd Johnson seems to really let his imagination fly when given a good piece of bamboo to pair up with a briar, tending to produce his wildest designs. Even by those expectations, this piece stands out with its radical reinterpretation of a Calabash-style bowl. Despite the singular profile this bit of shaping presents, it must be said that it actually proves easily at home in hand, with a feel not unlike that of a well-made traditional Cavalier, wherein the extended shank/moisture well (in this case, extended heel instead) is positioned just right to keep out of the way. As for the grain, well, you can see it for yourself: fine-stranded fans of flame across both flanks and a lovely freckling of birdseye just about everywhere else.

- Eric N. Squires

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Condition: 4.5/5 Unsmoked, but the airway is paper thin on the top of the stem, and sunk in while buffing.
  • Length: 8.00 in./203.20 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.57 in./65.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.35 in./59.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States