American Estates: Scott Klein Sandblasted Sphinx with Black Bamboo (2015) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-18478

Like the Elephant's Foot, the Sphinx is an old Bo Nordh shape that has since become a staple in artisan pipe making, with many carvers putting their own creative spin on the design. This rendition from Scott Klein perfectly captures the shape's defining ridgeline, which here bifurcates the bowl and emphasizes the fore wall's rounded aspect. The aft side of the bowl slopes into the transition, drawing further attention to the pointed heel and the fore wall's raised stance. A slender shank ebbs forth from the low-set transition before giving way to four knuckles of warm bamboo. Each knuckle of bamboo is evenly spaced, creating a visual rhythm from the transition to the shoulders of the cumberland saddle stem. A dark sandblast dresses the stummel and highlights striking birdseye across the front of the bowl.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

USA 15
  • Length: 6.34 in./161.04 mm.
  • Weight: 1.47 oz./41.73 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.14 in./28.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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