BriarWorks: Original Dark Smooth with Black Stem (OR4) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-696-3716

Designed by Bill Shalosky, one of BriarWorks' craftsman and an artisan pipe maker himself, the "OR4" shape is a stocky bent Dublin that exhibits Bill's personal shaping style. His artisan portfolio prioritizes pipes that display a hearty sense of muscularity, but one that's softened by elegant curves and rounded edges, resulting in an aesthetic that's firm and substantial yet supple and inviting. The "OR4" presents these design cues with a slight S-curve through the stem and shank and a bowl that flares into a slightly inflated rim. Said bowl maintains thick insulating walls, and the composition is cohered by the profile's consistently undercurve: The underside of the shank reveals a parabolic arc that continues seamlessly into the bowl's fore, while the sharp angle of the transition adds a dose of contrasting crispness.

BriarWorks' Original series comprises shapes designed by iconic American artisans, representing uniquely individual forms compared to the shape-chart standards of the Classic series. 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 Dark smooth finish, highlighting the briar's natural grain in a smoky and alluring stain.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 2.28 oz./64.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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