American Estates: Sam Adebayo Smooth Asymmetric Rhodesian Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-21360

Sam Adebayo's penchant for clean, sinuous lines is well-represented in this Rhodesian rendition, one of his playfully asymmetrical works, though one that's rather reserved compared to past iterations. Much of the asymmetry here is through subtle variations in the shaping of the bowl, something whose start can be seen in the underside, with the curves present in the left flank reaching out further than the right. This added heft allows for the bowl to take on a lengthier, more languid curve through the fore while the aft side urges out toward the right, creating a balanced, measured kind of asymmetry that entreats the eye to study it. The shank which supports this bowl is low-lying and ebbs out of a wide transition, flaring out toward the end and possessed of a compressed, ovoid outline that accentuates the squatness of this profile as a whole.

The lenticular face of the shank is kissed gently by plateau at the top of the left flank and the compression of its form creates a pair of firm lines through the sides that serve to outline the almost Horn-like sweep of the stummel's undercurve. A demurely curved saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite is married to the shank, promising comfortable smoking and keeping the focus on the stummel thanks to its understated look and sleek disposition. A sweeping heel supports the broad expanse of the bowl's walls which flare out to a crisp ridgeline that additionally denotes the taper to the rim, with the rim itself sloping inward to the chamber for easier loading of tobacco. Dressed in a warm and vibrant mahogany stain, this piece showcases some handsome grain throughout its build, with flame wrapping around the bowl and birdseye peppering both the top and underside completely.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

B. ADEBAYO (Arched)
  • Length: 4.82 in./122.43 mm.
  • Weight: 1.52 oz./43.09 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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