GH.ZHANG: Dark Sandblasted Freehand (Abe Herbaugh) (01) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-937-0030

Guo Hui Zhang's passion for pipes began with his work as an importer and purveyor of pipe-making materials. Zhang's understanding of large-scale pipe logistics inspired an exciting idea: the mass production of high-quality, artisan pipes. In 2017, he opened the GH Zhang workshop and partnered with pipe makers around the world to achieve his vision. Each GH Zhang pipe is designed by a famous artisan pipe maker and shaped on a CNC machine before being finished by hand and fitted with stems by the team at GH Zhang. Offering more than 40 shapes in smooth and sandblasted finishes, GH Zhang presents pipe smokers with a rare opportunity to procure artisan-style pipes at an accessible price.

This Freehand "01" is an Abe Herbaugh design and is instantly reminiscent of the American artisan's Tomato designs, with a thoroughly asymmetrical silhouette and plenty of plump curves. A tight, pinched transition here gives way to an expanding, round shank that arcs through to its face and cants toward the sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite: all of which contribute to a highly organic character and lively sense of line. Up front, the bowl sits atop a pronounced and rounded heel that dips as low as the shank's lowest point, growing a fore wall that rushes forward and rounds as it rises to form the rim. Said rim is asymmetric and is lifted at the left fore and right aft sides, enhancing the organic shaping of the piece, while the supple contours of the bowl and shank combine to lend this pipe a lovely sense of softness. Available in a variety of handsome finishes, this particular piece comes dressed in a crisp, darkly-stained sandblast and showcases some handsome grain.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.68 in./118.87 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.10 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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