American Estates: Brian Ruthenberg Smooth Poker with Silver (XL) (2006) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-16534

Prior to becoming a pipe maker, Brian Ruthenberg was a truck driver and used his background as a toolmaker and machinist to help him become a talented carver. He was forced to retire a few years ago when he developed an allergy to briar dust that set off other respiratory issues. This creation is an impressively tall Poker rendition, with a bowl standing over two-and-a-half inches in height, dressed in a walnut stain that accentuates tight striations of upswept flame grain. It flares a bit on the way upward, lending an organic aesthetic, and the shank and stem taper and curl slightly downward like a living tree branch. An engraved band of silver at the shank end adds just the right amount of contrast, setting off nicely the deep Cumberland hues of the vulcanite stem.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 2.37 oz./67.13 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.57 in./65.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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