Bill Shalosky: Sandblasted Rhodesian (709) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0254

Bill Shalosky is among the foremost artisan pipe makers in the United States and also serves as one of BriarWorks' craftsmen while also fashioning his own selection of entirely handmade pipes. In many ways, his work exemplifies the archetypal aesthetic of modern American artisan pipe making: often reinterpreting classic designs with a stronger sense of muscularity and stouter proportions. Yet in Shalosky's work, this increased robustness is tempered by his use of gentle curves and soft lines, creating designs that while hearty in their relative proportions, remain elegant and refined in their overall shaping.

This Rhodesian is a perfect example of Shalosky's typical approach to and faculty with classic shapes. The archetypal form is well maintained, yet it's imbued with the American artisan's gentle shaping style. Slightly canted for visual balance, the bowl features the Rhodesian's characteristic beadline near the top of the rim — positioned higher than would be considered traditional and giving the bowl a Dublin-like persona in profile. The shank matches the bowl's slightly robust demeanor but is elongated to ensure a sleek overall profile. It's dressed in a rustic sandblast with a deep mahogany and burgundy stain that matches perfectly with the ruddy tones of the cumberland stem for a consistent color palette that exudes rugged charm. Simple, unassuming, and artfully designed, this is an archetypal iteration of the shape-chart standard imbued with Shalosky's often soft-lined shaping aesthetic. Free of adorning accents, this Shalosky pipe is perfect for those interested in the reserved shaping of a traditional design elevated with the quality of an artisan maker and rustic durability of a workhorse smoker.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.91 in./150.11 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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