Bill Shalosky: Smooth Billiard with Boxwood (445)

Product Number: 002-720-0096

A robust, full-bodied Billiard, this offering exemplifies Bill Shalosky's distinctive mix of Danish shaping cues reinterpreted through the American Industrial approach to pipemaking. While the proportions of this piece are noticeably beefed up throughout, everything is so seamlessly well-balanced that its heartiness cannot truly be experienced until the pipe is held in hand. The bold, towering bowl houses a roomy, respectably deep chamber within and is appropriately surrounded by thick insulating walls, providing plenty of substance between the smoker and the burning leaf inside. The bowl's muscularity has been expertly matched by the thick, round shank before terminating at the tapered mouthpiece.

Just as impressive as the shaping and powerful proportions of this piece is the magnificent grain Bill has coaxed out of this particular block of briar. If you're a birdseye lover then you'll probably have to pick your jaw up off the floor and retrieve your socks from wherever they land after being knocked off from seeing this pipe. Whorls of hypnotizing birdseye dominate the flanks while streaks of cross grain are perfectly positioned directly between them fore and aft. The grain's visual presence is accentuated handsomely by the stummel's warm chestnut contrast stain and pops out even more thanks to the addition of the boxwood accent wrapped around the stem base to display some intriguing grain patterns in its own right. If you're a fan of beautifully grained renditions of shape chart standards or have been patiently waiting for a substantial artisan pipe to present itself, it simply does not get much better than a piece like this.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.59 in./141.99 mm.
  • Weight: 2.14 oz./60.67 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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