Bill Shalosky: Smooth Natural Fish (604) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0184

The Fish is a shape was first developed by artisans in Denmark, later adopted with much zeal by American carvers. This example by Bill Shalosky is a particularly plump interpretation of the design — a common stylistic cue across his portfolio — featuring a palm-filling bowl with curvaceous walls, which taper gently toward the rim. While many iterations of the Fish feature a soft ridgeline that runs from bowl to shank, this piece opts for a smooth, uninterrupted curvature around the bowl. Behind the cheeked transition, a broad, asymmetrical shank pulls to the right, with a paneled bottom section whose ridges curl up into the pipe's heel. A hand-cut vulcanite stem completes the ensemble, adding a touch of sleekness, as well as an effortless clench. Dressed in a rich honey-blonde finish, the stummel boasts impressive birdseye around the bowl's flanks, with tight cross grain fore and aft that continues up the shank.

-Gabriel Bass
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
  • Weight: 3.10 oz./88.00 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.16 in./54.86 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.08 in./52.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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