American Estates: Steve Morrisette Smooth Volcano with Boxwood (2012) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20721

Like many pipe-makers, Steve Morrisette started out as an avid hobbyist, collecting pipes from famous artisans such as Teddy Knudsen, Jess Chonowitsch, and Cornelius Mánz. Already possessed of an sharp aesthetic eye, Morrisette endeavored into the world of pipe making, starting out with shaping a few pre-bored blocks. However, he took his craft to the next level after a chance meeting with Jeff Gracik of J. Alan pipes at the Chicago Pipe Show. Gracik gave Morrisette a few pointers in his workshop, and Morrisette improved further by learning from other great American pipe-makers such as Todd Johnson and Brad Pohlmann. Morrisette strives to create pipes that are as functional as they are beautiful, with his designs ranging from shape-chart standards to inventive Freehands with creative finishes.

This Volcano by Steve Morrisette possesses a crisp, low-set waistline that wraps around the stummel, stretching from the shank end to a sharp peak at the fore and separating the walls from the underside in the process. The walls at the fore curve dramatically as they ascend to the rim, while the flanks showcase a less pronounced curvature, giving this piece a streamlined look. Out back, the protracted transition tapers to a cinched shank, which flares outward to an ornate boxwood accent on the shank end, the blonde hue contrasting against the striking amber tones of the acrylic stem. Additionally, the stummel is dressed in a chestnut smooth finish, highlighting spiraling flame grain on the flanks and tightly-packed birdseye on the contoured underside.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

SM (script)
  • Length: 5.39 in./136.91 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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