American Estates: Ron Fairchild Smooth Zulu (2009)
Product Number: 004-009-5689
From all that I've heard from Adam, Ron Fairchild is a downright pleasant fellow to meet: good-natured, a rousing conversationalist, and apparently "tall", which I guess is always a good way to make a lasting first impression. He also makes a damn good pipe too, for which I do have a firsthand account.
What first struck me about this pipe was the presentation - the near perfect panorama of birdseye and the well oriented cross-grain, not to mention the cumberland stem. The shape is somewhat of a cross between a Dublin and Zulu, though it leans more toward the latter, and all given a quirky wave to the rim. The engineering here is second to none, which doesn't surprise me given that Fairchild grew up under a carpenter and has been carving pipes for a whopping 25 years.
Measurements & Other Details
Ron Fairchild (in script)
Condition: 4.7/5 Minor rim darkening, scorch marks on the inner rim, plus some faint scratches on the rim.
- Length: 6.12 in./155.45 mm.
- Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Zulu
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States