American Estates: J. Alan Smooth Horn with Ivorite (1461) (2018)

Product Number: 004-009-12833

If you've followed Jeff Gracik's work over the years, you've no doubt come across a variety of Horn shapes from him. The American carver has been tweaking the design, balancing flowing Danish forms with subtle senses of rigidity. For example, in a piece we previously received from him (see here, Jeff accented a rather low-slung profile with crisp ridgelines on either side of the shank, traveling all the way to the rim. In this piece, however, he's subdued things considerably, opting instead for a singular ridge at the right flank that curls swiftly from the rim and gently dissipates into the round shank.

Topped with a generously inflated bowl, this piece echoes Jess Chonowitsch's Mushroom shape as an encircling ridgeline separates said rim from the rest of the stummel, calling to mind the Rhodesian. With a generously flared bowl, it's a beautiful testament to Jeff's ability to "read" a block of briar. On the left flank, a band of tiger-striped cross grain perfectly mirrors the arcing trajectory of the ridgeline on the opposite side, which in turn acts as a boundary between cross grain and the forest of birdseye that populates the entirety of the stummel's fore and underside. Following the grain further, the ridgeline below the rim is positioned asymmetrical as to match the grain's orientation and accentuate the piece's flowing lines all around.

Dressed in a contrast stain that's both warm and vibrant, the shank is accented by a creamy ferrule of ivorite that flares suddenly at the end in true Danish fashion. It's stunning work from Gracik and is yet another entry into his evolving approach to the Horn shape. A surefire centerpiece to any collection.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

USA (Arched)
  • Length: 4.11 in./104.39 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.63 in./16.00 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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