BriarWorks: Classic Light Smooth (C12L) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-696-3295

BriarWorks' "C12" design is the American workshop's staple bent Billiard shape, and it represents an archetypal rendition with a stolid, upright bowl contrasted by a slightly stretched transition and rather sinuous shank and stem for comfortable balance. This "C12L" renditions, however, pairs the same stummel as the original "C12" with an elongated tapered stem whose bit downturns slightly below the parallel line initiated by the rim. Such a design cue hearkens to Dunhill's vintage "LC" bent Billiard shape, known for its distinctive "swan-neck" style sinuosity, and BriarWorks' rendition here honors that timeless design, bringing it to the modern stage.

As the name suggests, BriarWorks' Classic series comprises iconic, shape-chart standards and represents the workshop's standard-production lineup. While every BriarWorks stummel is carved on CNC (computer numerical control) machines based on pre-established templates for consistent shaping across renditions, the stem-fitting and finishing processes are entirely hand-applied by the American workshop's team of artisans: Pete Prevost, Bill Shalosky, Micah Redmond, and Sam Adebayo. All four men are artisan pipe makers in their own rights, and BriarWorks' production model of combining mass-production processes with hand-applied, artisanal techniques results in modestly priced pipes with the engineering and aesthetic quality of handmade work. This particular example wears the workshop's Light smooth finish, highlighting the briar's natural grain in a vivid and striking stain.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.51 in./165.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.89 oz./53.61 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.05 in./52.00 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.74 in./44.17 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.73 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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