American Estates: Ryan Alden Sandblasted Tomato (Queen of Hearts) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-19456

A previous Tomato rendition we received from Ryan Alden was quite similar to this one here — similar in S-curve, similar in finish, and similar in general stance. They are not, however, identical. In this iteration, Alden has smoothed out the transition, gliding it gently into the bowl. Most notable, though, is how they differ at the bowl's waistline. Compared to the other's broadly splayed form, this one is slightly pinched at both flanks, urging the profile forward for a dynamic posture when viewed from above. It benefits from a deep, Bruyere-stained sandblast, rife with growth rings and birdseye to contrast the smoothly polished rim. This piece is a testament to one of the aspects I love about artisan pipe making — the ability and freedom to fashion the same overall shape in a variety of different ways, each one nuanced subtly for a completely unique piece. Ryan has proven himself as once such carver, able to tweak his designs deftly and artistically for a well-rounded portfolio.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Finish Buffed Off Rim

ALDEN (script)
Q (inside heart )
  • Length: 4.43 in./112.52 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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