American Estates: J.M. Boswell Jumbo Smooth Bent Billiard (2020) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-39189

J.M. Boswell is one of the United States' most dedicated pipe carvers, having begun his career in 1975 as an apprentice, before starting his own brand in 1980. Boswell additionally became an importer of briar, allowing him to not only supply stummels to the U.S. market, but acquire high-quality burl for his own work. J.M. works alongside his son Dan in the family's tobacco shop in Chambersburg, PA, where the two carve pipes by hand, their style running the gamut from subdued, Anglo-French classics, to strikingly large works of neoclassicism that draw on the Italian style. Nowhere is that better showcased than in the pipes within Boswell's Jumbo series, comprising many of the largest pipes that the carver offers, such as this bent Billiard. The transition is tight, giving way to a thick shank that flares out to a plateau-capped face here paired to a smartly curved stem of swirling, cream-hued acrylic. Below the transition sits a flat foot, one which supports the entire, strikingly large composition and that makes this a potent contender for designated desk pipe. Up front, the bowl boasts a lifting heel which supports its remarkably thick walls, a low-set waist supporting their cylindrical growth up toward a plateau-crowned rim. Dressed in a warm, smooth stain, the stummel displays handsome grain throughout, with the stem offering some lovely complementary hues.

-John McElheny

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J.M.BOSWELL (Signature)
  • Length: 7.08 in./179.83 mm.
  • Weight: 4.80 oz./136.08 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.62 in./66.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.91 in./23.11 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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