Jerry Zenn: Smooth Poker with Bamboo (with Extra Stem)

Product Number: 002-788-0022

Every year at the CPCC Chicagoland Pipe Show, Jerry Zenn brings a specific pipe that he considers especially novel and noteworthy. At this year's 2019 Show, said pipe was this extravagant Poker. The Taiwanese artisan transitioned into pipemaking years ago from a career as an auto mechanic, his vast knowledge of machinery and engineering now serving him well in his expertly executed smoking instruments. This specific design hearkens back to Zenn's early carving years, during which he fashioned numerous Bamboo Cobs — pipes styled after classic Corn Cobs but rendered completely out of bamboo. While this piece, here, only features bamboo at the shank, the bowl being made from briar, it's an homage to an almost identical design that Jerry made years ago with a bamboo bowl, which the carver smoked himself.

Defined by a stretched stem, with bamboo separating the metal tenon and vulcanite mouthpiece, this Poker combines rustic, utilitarian motifs with a playful dose of asymmetry. The rustic elements are characterized by the bamboo, metal, and tightly wound chord around each end of the bamboo; while the bowl is a stunning example of asymmetrical balance — the bowl being oval in cross section and tapering toward a drastically slanted heel that still enables the piece to sit sturdily upright. The pipe includes both a long stem and one of more standard size, the latter featuring six tight-knit knuckles of bamboo, compared to the one knuckle of the other. It's an impressive piece testifying to Zenn's skill as a craftsman. The mouthpieces of each stem are secured permanently to the bamboo extension, but the metal tenons insert directly into the lower bowl, the mortise having been well reinforced by a sturdy metal ring. A stunning combination of whimsical design and practical application.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

STAMPING:
  • (Poker)
  • Length: 7.39 in. Weight: 1.15 oz.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in. Chamber Depth: 0.93 in.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in. Bowl Height: 2.01 in.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite

  • Length: 6.10 in./154.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Taiwan
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