Danish Estates: Jess Chonowitsch Smooth Billiard

Product Number: 004-001-20684

To say Danish artisan Jess Chonowitsch is a master pipe carver would be an understatement, as his name is synonymous with world-class craftsmanship. His pipes are of renowned quality, in very high demand by collectors the world over for their beauty and smoking properties. A shape immediately recognizable as his, this straight Billiard displays a tall, tapering bowl with ultra-clean lines and slightly plump rounding at the heel. The transition is crisp on top but discretely more gradual on the sides, tricking my eye into thinking they're seeing something both straight and curved at the same time. I spend a lot of time looking at pipe transitions, one of the more challenging parts of pipe carving to get right, and I rarely get stuck admiring how well-rendered they are, but this one is too perfect not to mention. An arrow-straight shank flows seamlessly into a long taper of hand-shaped vulcanite, with a gentle lip button and expertly funneled airway promising a comfortable, effortless smoking experience.

Seeing grain like this is a real treat, with tightly packed and straight flame grain racing up the sides of this piece, the striations flowing inward with the bowl's taper in a hypnotizing effect that demands to be studied. Taller than many of Chonowitsch's iterations, this bowl reaches an even two inches, giving plenty of real estate for those flames to live forever, and plenty of chamber volume for a luxurious smoke while you admire them. Not to be ignored, the rounded heel and top of the shank are packed with birdseye, making every surface of this pipe one vying for attention. A stunning contrast stain makes the grain unmissable, and fit and finish inside and out make this pipe a work of art that is hard to put down.

- Joel Balyeat
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•DENMARK• (Arched)
  • Length: 5.71 in./145.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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