American Estates: Yeti Smooth Sphinx with Boxwood (492) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-17302

This is the third Sphinx design we've seen from Yeti's Micah Cryder and marks his 492nd pipe made. Like many of his peers, Micah entered pipe making via pipe smoking. That interest grew, prompting the Montana native to pursue pipe making full-time, his design aesthetic marked by stunning finishes, colorful palettes and precise, often organic shaping. All of those conventions are seen in this intriguing piece, which is Micah's interpretation of the form first claimed by Bo Nordh.

This piece is marked by a juxtaposition of supple curves and crisp angularity, the asymmetry and contrast accordingly impressive. The forward-urging bowl features arcing ridgelines on either side, the combination of which creates a crisp sense of structure as well as surging dynamism. The rim is perched far closer to the fore, continuing this forward momentum and descending to the pinched transition. The heel is marked by dramatic, pointed spur — the result of the flanks ridgelines. An abbreviated, rounded shank is extended by a lengthy section of boxwood, the circular rhythm continuing through the stylish expansion ring of the jet-black, vulcanite stem for compositional harmony. The stummel is wearing one of the carver's smoky, auburn contrast stains, illuminating the briar's grain patterns, including birdseye peppering the aft and rim, while fine wisps of cross grain emanate from the shape's defining ridges.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

(Pipemaker's stamp)
  • Length: 5.23 in./132.84 mm.
  • Weight: 1.66 oz./47.17 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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