Misc. Estates: Eder Mathias Smooth Blowfish

Product Number: 004-008-7315

Eder Mahiais is of German and Italian descent and has lived in many places including Brazil and Latvia. While we are unsure of where the talented artisan was living when he carved this smooth Blowfish, there can be no doubt in anyone's mind that it is an exemplary piece. Smooth asymmetry is what comes to mind when I look at it, as it has an abundance of both. Three ridgelines run fore and aft, encompassing the pipe completely but all in different ways to accentuate the excellent cross grain and give the hand unique but comfortable positions to hold the pipe. The stummel bends to the left in the middle, with the left flank of the bowl offering a nearly flat surface and the right presenting a graceful arc. It rests easily in the left hand flat against my palm, and in the right positions itself perfectly to be smoked.

Dressed in a lighter stain and smooth finish, abundant birdseye fills both flanks and sweeping striations of cross grain adorn the top. Eder has left two patches of natural plateau on the right flank, further elevating the bespoke aesthetic and offering additional places for fingertips to explore. The asymmetry does not stop with the stummel however, as a canted, undulating ring of lighter wood has been incorporated seamlessly with the brindled, wood-grain-esqe vulcanite stem. Taking this Blowfish one step further, Mathias has added a cluster of small black and white dots of varied sizes where the accent joins the stem, looking like bubbles coming off this fish's tail.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

STAMPING:
E.M.
(squared drawing/logo)
  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 3.30 oz./93.44 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.58 in./65.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Unknown
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