German Estates: Tom Richard Smooth Apple with Coccobolo (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-18918

A former architecture student and long-time pipe smoker, Tom Richard began his pipe making career with encouragement from Poul Winslow and instruction from Rainer Barbi, the German artisan crafting fine pieces such as this Apple. A thoroughly stylized take on the classic shape, the bowl here takes on quite a different form compared to Anglo-French interpretations, with an appropriately plump body, but a forward-urging rim that lifts up at the fore. A lifted heel supports this bowl, while some thick walls surround the chamber, keeping the hand insulated and adding further to the lovely feel in hand. A pinched transition leads to a flaring shank, whose flare continues through a sizeable fitment of cocobolo. Here the stem marries the stummel, nestling into its chamfered face and flaring out into a firm expansion ring before slipping into a saddle bit, its cumberland hues contrasting the light auburn hues of the briar. Unsmoked.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.37 in./136.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.92 oz./54.43 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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