Bill Shalosky: Smooth Acorn with Fordite (724) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0268

Formally educated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, American artisan Bill Shalosky finds his personal oeuvre amidst the works of nearly every other carver, drawing inspiration from almost every pipe that he sees beauty in. His personal style primarily comprises pipes with a stout, compact muscularity that offer plenty of substance while remaining handy and travel-friendly. This Acorn is an excellent example of that style, coming in at well under five inches long and situating the vast majority of its visual weight on the bowl. A wide transition pairs the bowl to a thick, curling shank that lifts and meets the stem's sleek saddle of curved black vulcanite at a junction accented with a plump ring of Fordite: one of Shalosky's most favored accents that displays a striking palette thanks to its composition of myriad layers of hand-sprayed enamel paint harvested from automotive factories. The sinuous shank and stem combination nicely balances the bowl, and its curvature lends this pipe a smoking posture apt for clenching, while the contours of the bowl keep the feel in hand comfortable. Said bowl stands on a sweeping heel and expands to a high-set waistline with an arcing flare, its domed rim completing the bulb-like silhouette and further emphasizing the impressive roundness of the walls. Dressed in a glossy smooth finish and a smoky, chestnut-hued stain, the stummel showcases a wealth of handsome grain, with birdseye swirling across both flanks of the bowl and cross grain wrapping around the midsection.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.75 in./120.65 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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