Abe Herbaugh: Sandblasted Bent Egg with Bakelite

Product Number: 002-614-0122

While Abe Herbaugh is known to have occasionally used Bakelite as a stem material, the American artisan has rarely utilized it on his pipes as of late, but when he does implement Bakelite, the results are spectacular. It's been well over a year since we've seen a piece from Abe with a Bakelite mouthpiece and this bent Egg is proof that it was worth the wait. The American carver opted for a blue-swirled Bakelite stem on this composition and it provides vibrant contrast against the stummel's dark plum stain. The stem also attaches to the mortise in a mount-style tenon configuration with a brass inset ring adding reinforcement and providing a hint of flash as well. Abe has then finished this piece in a crisp sandblast, bringing out the briar's cross-grain orientation with the inner rim chamfered and stained a lovely ruby hue. It's a conveniently sized, lightweight, and practical piece that benefits from Abe's expert engineering and meticulous stem work.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.39 in./111.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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