Bill Shalosky: Sandblasted Bent Dublin with Mammoth and Bakelite (591) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0176

When American pipe maker Bill Shalosky — also an artisan for the BriarWorks workshop — fashions a bent Dublin, he often caters to renditions like this example, imbuing the design with a soft, Horn-like disposition through the transition. Instead of meeting the bowl at a defined angle, the shank of this pipe gradually curls and expands into the bowl's flare, urging forward and trumpeting upward. There's a touch more angularity present in this iteration of the shape, however, with a tighter transition overall, thanks to the bowl's magnified flare to a vast rim. This alteration of form lends the piece a more active, dynamic outline while still maintaining a sense of graceful flow. Grounding the form is the gradual, parabolic curve of the underside, balanced by the demure downturn of the stem. Having taken ergonomics into consideration, Bill pinched the flanks of the bowl for an ovoid nature that rests sublimely in hand, suiting the robust proportions, while the transition offers the perfect place to drape a thumb when held. Sandblasted vertical grain intersects with dense, horizontal growth rings, rising in concert to the plateau-crowned rim, and the dark stain is accented handsomely by a pale ring of mammoth at the shank end for a touch of pale contrast that stands out nicely against the rest of the palette. Lastly, while the lines of the stummel are gentle and smooth, the stem base adds some structure, being of smaller diameter than the shank face and flaring slightly toward the bit, echoing the diameter of the accent band at the junction. The stem here is made from a vibrant blue Bakelite that further enhances the contrast of the aft end, with the three materials making up this piece able to stand alone in their attractiveness while contributing to a composition that's simply stunning as a whole.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.70 in./144.78 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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