Bill Shalosky: Sandblasted Pickaxe with Tulipwood (565) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0161

Bill Shalosky boasts years of pipe-carving experience along with a background in fine arts, having crafted pieces at Smoker's Haven and Chheda Pipes. He also remains a valuable member of BriarWorks' artisan team, while making pipes under his own name.

This is the first Pickaxe we've seen from the American carver, making for a most welcome sight. It's also a departure in style, with many pieces within his portfolio aligning with the American design school's muscular, compact shaping. A quite tall and lengthy piece by comparison, this delightful pipe boasts a bowl height of more than two inches, its stout disposition displaying the form's high waistline near the flaring, gently sloping rim. Featuring a forward-ebbing stance and downward taper, the heel here is angled and flattened rather than a traditional spur, for a bit of softening to the design. An abbreviated shank is extended by a beautiful, gently flaring accent of tulipwood that's smoothly stained a light hue shot through with reddish grain patterns, lightening the composition and contrasting the dark, hand-cut stem. The artisan has dressed this piece in a dark sandblast that does well to reveal the briar's handsome grain striations.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.50 in./165.10 mm.
  • Weight: 2.08 oz./58.97 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.46 in./62.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Skater
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: z_N/A
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