American Estates: Todd Johnson Partially Sandblasted Samurai Volcano Sitter with Bamboo (Hoplite) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-009-17566
Todd Johnson's Samurai Volcano doesn't lack anything in terms of complexity, as it incorporates both an organic asymmetry that strongly evokes the Japanese aesthetic and the artisan's signature industrial firmness in profile. The bowl alone is impressive, with its long arc on the underside and canted rim giving the impression of a gently undulating wave — further accentuated by the dramatic upward turn of a shank extended by five compact knuckles of bamboo. The S-curve in profile is well-defined as well, with the languid turn of a saddle stem lending the silhouette a serpentine fluidity. The overall palette serves to reinforce every aspect of its form — a warm, smooth finish brings out vibrant grain on the underside, while a dark, cooler sandblast keeps the shape's dramatic line work in clear focus. It's excellent work, one definitely worthy of its Hoplite grade, and, on a more practical note, it even sits readily on a flat surface, balanced along a small panel at the base.--Davin Hylton
Measurements & Other Details
Dings On The Rim Minor Rim Charring Mild Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Small Scratches Around The Bowl Minor Tooth Marks
TODD M (Arched,Inside Oval)
ƩTΩA (Inside Oval)
JOHNSON (Arched,Inside Oval)
(Hoplite Helmet Stamp)
- Length: 7.38 in./187.45 mm.
- Weight: 2.50 oz./70.76 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.09 in./53.09 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Volcano
- Finish: Partial Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States