American Estates: Jody Davis Smooth Bent Dublin with Mammoth (Cardinal) (A07) (21) (2007)

Product Number: 004-009-16519

Jody Davis is perhaps one of the best American artisans active today, and certainly one of the most well-respected, but he is not only that, he is also a member of Grammy-nominated rock group Newsboys, who have a cumulative four gold records under their belt. Davis is a man of many talents, that goes without saying, but his journey as an artisan began as many do: with a passion for pipes and smoking. After making his first piece and showing it to one Keith Moore, Moore realized the potential that Davis had and put him into contact with legendary Danish artisan Jess Chonowitsch who showed him some of his methods and shared his sources for materials. At this point Jody began to immerse himself in carving, dedicating himself to the craft and later working with J.T. Cooke in his Vermont workshop for a week, all of which contributed to his incredible depth of knowledge and refined his eye for detail. These aspects are embodied in this Cardinal A-grade bent Dublin interpretation, one which presents a unique profile, seemingly imbued with elements from the Horn shape and replete with sweeping curvature and firm lines all at once.

The shape of this piece is nothing short of striking, with its trim cumberland stem demurely downturning to its thin button from a band of lenticular mammoth bone, the pale material paired to an equally lenticular shank that curves to the bowl, a ridgeline formed from its end streaming from both flanks to the fore of the bowl uninterrupted. The top of the shank dips at the transition before curving upwards, the flare of the bowl taking hold as it does and giving the look of almost no transition whatsoever, while the underside is a single continuous curve that ends only at the far end of the ridgeline. The heel, therefore, is lifted, giving the bowl that rests on it some extra height as it blooms from its surface. The rim is domed and dips a bit in the fore, giving the pipe a subtle asymmetry that adds a bit of a naturalistic element, while the inner rim is chamfered, the angle steep and incredibly well realized.

The lines of this pipe are almost impeccably straight, the curvature that Davis is able to eke out of them preternatural, maintaining a purposeful, deliberate composition while inextricably artistic in the way they are implemented. Each dip and bow thoughtfully realized while looking natural and fundamental, the silhouette speaking to the growth of a Dublin bowl from a Horn's body, the fusion of disparate shapes in a cohesive composition. The stummel itself is commended by a warm mahogany stain finished smooth, reveling a halo of straight grain around the circumference of the bowl, with dense vortices of birdseye swirling about the rim, top of the shank, and the entire underside of the pipe.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Mild Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway Minor Tooth Marks

  • Length: 5.88 in./149.35 mm.
  • Weight: 3.01 oz./85.28 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.16 in./54.86 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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