American Estates: Jody Davis 'Princeton' Bishop Smooth Acorn with Mammoth (2002) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20612

Jody Davis is perhaps one of the best American artisans active today, and certainly one of the most well-respected, but he is not only that, he is also a member of Grammy-nominated rock group Newsboys, who have a cumulative four gold records under their belt. Davis is a man of many talents, that goes without saying, but his journey as an artisan began as many do: with a passion for pipes and smoking. After making his first piece and showing it to one Keith Moore, Moore realized the potential that Davis had and put him into contact with legendary Danish artisan Jess Chonowitsch, who showed Davis some of his methods and shared his sources for materials. At this point Jody began to immerse himself in carving, dedicating himself to the craft and later working with J.T. Cooke in his Vermont workshop for a week, all of which contributed to his incredible depth of knowledge and refined his eye for detail.

This Acorn is a part of Davis' Princeton line of pipes, one that he started before stamping his name on his pipes. This particular Acorn comes from 2002, making it over two decades old and one of the oldest pipes we've seen from the American artisan, showcasing a unique and jaunty look which reflects his Danish inspiration. There's a supple rounding about all of the bowl's surfaces, its build resting atop a pronounced, spurred heel whose curved contours inform the flare of the walls to the rim. Near the top of the bowl, the walls taper gently and rise to a domed, softly inflated rim which is chamfered into the chamber, the ample curvature present here offering a comfortable feel in hand. Out back, a wide transition leaves plenty of room to drape a digit and is slightly raised to provide further separation from the heel. From out of the transition, a bowed shank curls out to meet a demurely curved saddle stem of black vulcanite, its domed base matching the plump shaping of a warm mammoth accent at the junction. Dressed in a light, mahogany-tinged stain, the stummel here showcases handsome grain throughout, its bowl peppered with birdseye across either flank.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.10 in./129.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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