American Estates: Scott Klein Smooth Blowfish (2013) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-11861

The modern style of Blowfish fashioned by artisan pipe makers is most often characterized by fin-like panels and ridgelines flowing across the bowl. Individual carvers, then, take creative liberties with regards to subtlety and which elements to accentuate in each composition. For Scott Klein, his Blowfish renditions frequently balance firm, architectural lines with a strong sense of organicism. In this particular piece, that juxtaposition is evident in how the American carver has emphasized the bowl's plumply rounded sides by framing them within the ridgelines wrapping up and over the bowl.

Scott has paired the organically architectural bowl with a neatly paneled shank, the hard lines flowing naturally into those of the bowl to further accentuate the bowl's rotund cheeks. The bowl's "fins" aren't merely ridgelines — as they curl back toward the transition, each line flares ever-so-slightly into a subtle facet, with the lines remaining crisp and well-defined. It's an impressive display of craftsmanship, and the piece is further endowed with extra muscularity through the shank, blending the oft-seen proportions of the American shaping tradition with the Blowfish's organic, Japanese aesthetic. The grain orientation is stellar, with whorls of hypnotizing birdseye covering the flanks while streaks of cross grain ride along the top and bottom of the stummel's central panel. A small kiss of plateau along the left flank offers a subtle accenting touch and further emphasizes the composition's organicism. It's offered here in unsmoked condition.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


Scott Klein
  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 2.37 oz./67.13 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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