American Estates: Lee Von Erck Sandblasted Poker (A) (2010)

Product Number: 004-009-5835

For years I have referred to Lee Von Erck's work as "rustically elegant". By that, I do not mean the type of elegance which one can see in things natural. Lee is one of the few carvers that, in my opinion, can manage to create a pipe of extremely elegant line, exquisite balance, and hint at the beauty that can be found in the natural, the imperfect, without a whiff of affectation. The bowl is a smartly executed, reverse-conical stack that flaunts a sandblasted grain that could shake the metaphorical 'Pillars of Heaven'. The rim features a 15.8° "There's an app for that!" left-to-right, diagonal cant from the smoker's perspective, as well as a no-holds-barred plateau. Anchoring the composition through opposition, we have the natty, architectural lines of the shank and stem, as well as the smooth of the same balancing the near-geological ruggedness of the bowl.

I have owned three of Lee's pipes, and the worst of them smoked better than 98% of any other marques that I have collected. Great stuff.

--R. 'Bear' Graves

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STAMPING:
{maker's mark}
VON
ERCK
A40010

Condition: 4.9/5 Smoked, but rather clean.
  • Length: 6.45 in./163.83 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.31 in./84.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.51 in./63.75 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 1.05 in./26.67 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States

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