American Estates: Scott Klein Smooth Tomato with Bamboo (2014) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20898

Scott Klein's background lies in the trades, and not just one, as he has had his hand in the fields of plumbing, construction, automotive technology, and others. After his education in these fields, he worked for six years in various other trades, before he was introduced to Alex Florov. Florov introduced him to the world of artisan pipe making and he was immediately enamored with the process, and, as it turns out, Florov saw potential in him, something that led to Klein's spending five years working alongside Alex, skipping the usual beginnings of pipe kits and delving into artisan carving with raw blocks and vulcanite blanks. His work of course is influenced by his time spent with Alex, but also by the Danish masters and the Japanese greats, something that's reflected by this Tomato.

I'm immediately struck by just how squat the bowl of this pipe is, presenting with under an inch and a half in height and holding a shallow but broad chamber within its thick walls, the plumpness of the mid-set waistline allowing for the fingers to easily wrap around it comfortably. The heel which this bowl stands upon is subtly lifted, thrusting its curves into prominence, and the transition which builds at the aft is rather sharp, owing this to the extremely trim length of shank that's here been kicked up quite high to poise a length of three knuckles of bamboo acrobatically. The knuckles' natural rhythm is continued through the flared base of the saddle stem, the bit that leaps out afterward taking a demure downturn for an elegant posture overall and lending the combination a touch of extra verticality. Throughout this pipe, there is a consistent feeling of fluidity, and the way that the high-reaching profile sweeps into the bowl upholds this, as if Klein has somehow combined the organic look of a tree branch with the fluid properties of a babbling brook. Dressing the briar here is a warm mahogany stain that reveals straight and flame grain wrapping the bowl, the underside peppered with birdseye, and whose hues are both contrasted and complemented by the darker coloration of the bamboo.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Tooth Marks

USA 14
  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.07 in./27.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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