American Estates: Will Purdy Smooth Tadpole (B+) (2011) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-18447

Coming from a family full of pipe smokers, Will Purdy was naturally predisposed to the take up the craft. He started making pipes in 2000, drawing inspiration from Anglo-French standards and organic Danish designs. This Tadpole showcases the whimsical side of Purdy's shaping style, and like all of his pieces, it's crafted from aged Italian briar and fitted to a stem of vulcanite. Shape-wise, this piece features a broad, low-slung bowl with a plump, rounded heel and a raised, jutting fore wall. The bowl's forward-driving posture and the shank's rearward flare lend a visually alluring dynamism to either end of the stummel. The bowl's rounded contours and stout build conform naturally to the hand, while the half-saddle stem's arcing posture ensures a comfortable smoking position. A blonde smooth finish envelopes the stummel and highlights tight threads of flame that reach across the flanks of the bowl to a rim populated with birdseye.

--Davin Hylton
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Will Purdy
USA 2011
  • Length: 6.57 in./166.88 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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