American Estates: Bill Shalosky Smooth Blowfish (277) (2016) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20809

Bill Shalosky's formal education saw him earn a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design, his background in bowl turning and dabbling in clay pipe making seeing him doing repairs at the Smokers' Haven shop. Before long he had moved on to crafting their handmade series of pipes, and afterward began crafting his own line of handmade pieces, becoming one of the foremost artisans in the United States. Shalosky takes inspiration from pipe-making schools the world over, with this Blowfish standing out as one of the artisan's rarer profiles.

A seldom-seen shape from Shalosky overall, the rarity of this pipe is enhanced thanks to its particular styling, being longer and slightly more dramatically-inclined than many of his past takes on the shape. Here, a wide, smooth transition gives way to a semi-reuleaux-triangle-shaped shank that flares out to meet a black vulcanite saddle stem whose base matches the shaping of the shank exactly. The underside of this shank features a point at the middle which curves around the underside of the pipe and wraps around the fore wall, defining the left flank's rounded panel in its entirety before wrapping back around to create the shank's left-side ridge. This particular bowl panel is equipped with an impressive fin-like structure near its lower aft side, staying true to the shape's name, and the right flank includes a similar structure, though one with much less outward reach and definition. The asymmetry of the bowl is represented excellently in this take on the now iconic shape, and both rounded panels serve to showcase stunning birdseye beneath the stummel's vibrant auburn stain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.07 in./27.28 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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