American Estates: Jon Rinaldi Rusticated Tomato with Bamboo (2010)

Product Number: 004-009-16849

Though he's a professional photographer by trade, Jon Rinaldi is also a talented pipe maker, something evidenced by this hearty Tomato rendition. Looking to be a shape between its namesake and a Freehand, this piece's bowl is quite plump, expanding from the transition to the fore, with the heel's sweep upward to the rim being the largest point of the bulbous briar's bulge. The aft side, near to the transition, is less steep and more gently angled than the fore's travel, and the rim which they both contribute to is dipped in the middle, though it also gives a touch more substance to the fore. A trim shank leads to a thin band of cumberland, itself paired to a dense section of two knuckles of bamboo, the rhythm of the grass' divots continued with carvings on the underside at both the shank end and stem base. The stummel is dressed in a unique kind of rustication, with thin lines wrapping around the surface, starting at the heel and rising to the rim, all dressed in a deep chestnut stain, matching well with the trim cumberland stem, and contrasting handsomely with the bamboo's pale coloration.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Minor Tooth Marks

  • Length: 6.56 in./166.62 mm.
  • Weight: 2.53 oz./71.67 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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