German Estates: Frank Axmacher Sandblasted Freehand Sitter with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-005-6559

One of the most unique Sitters I've come across, this offering from Frank Axmacher sits in such a way that the shank and stem stand almost completely vertical. Instead of planing the heel horizontally, Frank has done so at a 45 degree angle, tilting the piece forward when on a flat surface (though not too far as to risk spilling any ash or leaf from the bowl). The result is twofold: the bowl and shank sit in an acute "V" orientation, and when in a smoking position, the heel tapers to a sharp ridgeline for an Acorn-like aesthetic.

Going along with the Acorn-esque design, the two knuckles of bamboo at the shank give the piece a decidedly organic disposition. Unlike an Acorn, however, the bowl features supple ridgelines on either flank, similar to a Cobra design. Such a feature also makes for an incredibly comfortable in hand feel. It's all dressed in a conservative, Danish style sandblast underneath which birdseye is clearly evident along the bowl's fore, while cross grain makes up the ridged flanks. For a piece as long as this is, it's surprisingly lightweight, ensuring a comfortable clench when it's not sitting down. Excellent work from the German carver.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Finish Faded

STAMPING:
F. AXMACHER GERMANY (text wrapped in circle)
2048 (inside circle)
  • Length: 6.25 in./158.75 mm.
  • Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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