A swoop, in the pipe world, is rarely seen as masculine, or even muscular, for that matter. Usually we designate the lithesome Churchwarden to such a free-flowing design, and even the timeless Calabash, though bold at times, feels like it exists out of time as an artifact from some whimsical fantasy--being a relatively new (Anglo-Boer conflict era) pipe shape and frequently appearing in works of fiction. The Dublin, however, has quite an established and pragmatic history, as one of the earliest briar shapes, which typically has a demeanor of being unabashedly masculine, even at it's most elegant.
What a most appropriate illustration of robust grace this Lithos bent Dublin is, the reasonable bend of its shank dipping and powerfully lifting its Herculean bowl without a hint of fragility. The Lithos's rusticated exterior adds to its virility, stained in a sobering, dark maroon which levels off at it's perfectly smooth, folding rim. The accent of the piece is glossy knuckle of bamboo on the mount, turned and stained (or is it smoked?) to enhance it's natural form.