American Estates: J. Alan Smooth Acorn with Bamboo (1869) (2022) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20026

Jeff Gracik started making pipes as many do, with a few hobby-grade briar blocks, some preformed stems, and a couple of hand tools. He quickly fell in love with the art form, and sought out master pipe makers to improve his craft. He first learned from Todd Johnson, who helped teach him the Danish "shape first, drill second" method, while others like Keith Moore and Jody Davis provided additional guidance. In 2003, Jeff Gracik started J. Alan Pipes and the workshop soon became one of American pipe making's premier names. J. Alan pipes typically exhibit the graceful, soft contours of Danish pipe making while utilizing clean, streamlined finishes, often forgoing accents. However, when J. Alan pipes embrace creative forms, dramatic finishes, and exotic accents, they use them to great effect.

This Acorn by J. Alan possesses the shape's requisite bowl, with a sharp heel and gently inflated rim, but it surprises with its posture. The heel is positioned ahead of the bowl's center of gravity, resulting in the bowl's visual momentum drawing the eyes rearward as they ascend to the rim. The grain parallels this flow as well, as the chestnut-stained strokes of cross grain arc from the heel to the rim's aft, framing a gorgeous swath of tightly packed birdseye on the fore in the process. Out back, a four-knuckled stalk of blonde bamboo rises out of a diminutive transition and joins to a bent vulcanite stem that demurely bends back to parallel, creating a lithe form. Overall, the rearward ebb of the bowl and the lengthy shank-and-stem arrangement form a crisp, checkmark-esque profile that keeps things compact, streamlined, and willowy — a seldom-seen design cue that J. Alan uses to excellent effect on this sleek piece.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

Mild Chamber Carbonizing

•J. ALAN PIPES•(arched)
  • Length: 6.48 in./164.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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