American Estates: Todd Johnson Smooth Blowfish (Hoplite)

Product Number: 004-009-16313

Combining dynamic, crisp linework with a decidedly organic aesthetic, this Blowfish from Todd Johnson is rife with ridgelines and panels that mark the design's shaping. Featuring the concave rim often seen in the American carver's Blowfish, the tall bowl displays the form's disc-like facet along the left flank, with a wavy ridgeline descending from the rim to the heel. The right flank offers a patch of plateau for contrast, with the remainder of the stummel smoothly stained a handsome auburn hue. The posture of the forward-ebbing bowl is taller and bolder than in some renditions of the Blowfish, while the hexagon-shaped shank angles dramatically upward, seemingly reaching for the sky. A commingling of cross grain and birdseye dominate the stummel, while a jet-black, broad-based stem angles gently downward. This is a fascinating take on an unusual and challenging form, fashioned with aplomb by a highly regarded pipe maker.

-Angela Robertson
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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Charring Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
TODD(arched)
ETQA(greek letters)
JOHNSON(arched)
(drawing)
  • Length: 4.93 in./125.22 mm.
  • Weight: 2.56 oz./72.57 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.75 in./69.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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