Abe Herbaugh: Sandblasted Belge with Silver and Bakelite Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-614-0129

Taking inspiration from early 20th century pipe design, Abe Herbaugh has crafted a beautiful Belge interpretation that highlights the American artisan's fondness for timeless shape-chart standards. The Belge shape hearkens back to the style of clay pipes that were common in taverns hundreds of years ago, long before briar was discovered as a viable medium for pipe making and is a design many artisans have been exploring in the modern era. The Egg-like bowl is canted forward and has been finished in a reserved, dark-stained sandblast, nicely preserving the bowl's elegant lines.

The accent work is also superb, with a sterling silver army mount gracing the shank end in a style reminiscent of old English and French pipes from the early 1900s. The silver offers additional reinforcement to the shank end and mortise, allowing the stem to be safely removed whenever desired. The tapered stem was notably fashioned from Bakelite, a material Abe rarely uses on his pipes but is expertly utilized on this piece. The mouthpiece's ruby hues pair nicely with the stummel's dark stain, while allowing the silver mount to further stand out. 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: 5.28 in./134.11 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cutty
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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