American Estates: Michael Butera Amber Vintage Classic Bent Dublin Sitter (00A) (3) (1990)
Product Number: 004-009-12820
Perhaps the most influential American carver, Mike Butera started making Italian-inspired pipe designs in the 1970s, quickly building a reputation around the sound engineering and remarkable execution of his compositions. This proud-sitting Dublin is from 1990 and is a rare piece with a vulcanite mouthpiece. Mike rarely uses vulcanite, so it's tempting to speculate that it may have been a commission. Of particular importance is the lip button, which is wonderfully trim and looks like it would be spectacularly comfortable. The sandblast is craggy but not sharp, offering plenty of smoothness in hand while still highlighting the wonderful orientation of the growth rings climbing up the bowl in concentric circles. The plateaued rim is a little darkened from use, but given the dark nature of the stain it isn't bothersome, at least it wouldn't be to me. The high transition and cinched waistline of the bowl offer friendly contours for wrapped fingers beneath the flaring rim, and, of course, it's balanced for ease of smoking while in hand or teeth.- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details
Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks
3 (In Circle)
- Length: 5.18 in./131.57 mm.
- Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States