GH.ZHANG: Sandblasted Blowfish (J. Alan) (03) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-937-0199

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.

J. Alan pipes are crafted by Jeff Gracik, whose spur-of-the-moment shaping style results in pieces that range from traditional to avant-garde but are always one of a kind. Therefore, the collaboration between J. Alan and GH Zhang offers a special opportunity for anyone to appreciate Gracik's unique shapes across several distinct renditions. This J. Alan "03" Blowfish by GH Zhang possesses a forward-thrusting bowl that is framed by two bulging, ovoid flanks and the sweeping, rectangular ridge that bifurcates them. Furthermore, at the aft of the bowl, the crisp lines of the central ridge flare outward, creating two sharp protrusions that define the transition to the shank. Said shank features four palpable ridges on its flanks and two more subtle ones on its underside and top that flow onto the flared shank face, which encapsulate this shape's marriage of organic and architectural aesthetics. This particular J. Alan "03" is dressed here in a craggy sandblast, the rugged texture of the exposed growth rings exuding rustic appeal.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.18 in./156.97 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.66 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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