Abe Herbaugh: Sandblasted Spathe

Product Number: 002-614-0110

Compact and saturated with personality, this Spathe from Abe Herbaugh reveals craftsmanship beyond the dreams of most. The Spathe is a shape inspired by the reproductive center of the arum flower, and indeed, this piece appears to be ready to blossom outward and release the tight kinetic energy it stores. The growth rings of the sandblast are wonderfully oriented to follow the lower curve on each side. Asymmetry is an effective tool here, with the end of the shank curling upward and to the right into a point. The line work follows the edges of a single ridgeline that wraps the perimeter in a smooth path encompassing the piece, matching the smooth rim, and widening only at the right side of the shank face for an additional visual element in harmony with the design. The rim is scalloped, and the domed heel and underside reveal consistent sandblasted birdseye. The push-style mouthpiece maintains minimal visual weight and flattens into a gently bent saddle configuration. Beyond that, the pipe sits well, rocking gently, but sitting with easy and confident composure.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.51 in./114.55 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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