American Estates: J. Alan Sandblasted Bent Brandy (1539) (2019) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20430

Jeff Gracik is some variety of mutated wizard. I imagine him cackling maniacally as he constructs his remarkable J. Alan compositions in his workshop in San Diego, imbuing each with a perfection that is frankly impossible. He's charming, intelligent, handsome, witty, and talented, so I distrust his insistence that he's human. But as questionable as the carver's origins may be, there's no doubt that his pipes are exemplary, as this Brandy demonstrates.

Proportionately, it's a long pipe, though less than five-and-a-half inches, because the bowl maintains appropriate dimensions for the design rather than drifting into larger-than-life scale. The shank is wider than it is high and flattened in six crisp panels with ridgelines bisecting the top and underside, and with long side panels evaporating into the bowl at the transition. The bowl is in classic Brandy form, with its slightly curved rim maintaining the texture of the stummel with sandblasted birdseye, while the flanks are circled by concentric growth rings that undulate their way around the bowl with admirable uniformity. Tapered stems are extraordinarily rare on J. Alan pipes, and we don't find one here, either, as it is instead endowed with the saddle design that Jeff prefers for comfort and usability. The palette is simple and traditional, presented in all-black with ruby undertones for a stunning piece that would be at home in any collection.

- Chuck Stanion
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Rim Darkening Light Oxidation

J. ALAN PIPES (arched)
USA (arched)
  • Length: 5.45 in./138.43 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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