BriarWorks: Classic Light Smooth (C53) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-696-3320

A companion pipe, of sorts, to BriarWorks' "C52" Rhodesian design, the "C53" Bulldog is a similarly stout and compact shape — only rendered with a paneled shank instead of the Rhodesian's rounded extension. The form's characteristic beadlines delineate the bowl's upward and downward tapers, while the shank continues the shape's muscularity and firmness through a faceted, diamond cross section. This "C53" is at once a classic and modern rendition of the iconic Bulldog, offering the design's timeless shaping cues but rendered in a compact package that accentuates the pipe's robust proportions and promotes convenient portability.

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: 4.45 in./113.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.30 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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