Jerry Zenn: Sandblasted Rhodesian with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-788-0037

Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jerry Zenn spent 25 years as an automotive mechanic before transitioning into artisanal pipe making. Having spent many years working with his hands, and possessing an intimate knowledge of tools, machinery, and engineering, Zenn was particularly suited for the craft. His work showcases a clear penchant for the organic shaping and elegant design sense of the Danish tradition, and a particular affinity for utilizing craggy, nonuniform knuckles of bamboo in his compositions, in much the same way that Roman Kovalev of Doctor's Pipes does. This Rhodesian shape is an excellent example of Zenn's unique creative vision and peerless aptitude for aesthetic beauty that doesn't sacrifice functionality.

A snug, compact design, coming in under five inches in total length, this Rhodesian features a heavy-set bowl with two beadlines set at its wide waist. The beadlines demarcate the upper bowl's upwards taper towards the canonical rim from the lower bowl's downward taper to the subtly lifted heel. The abbreviated shank flares lightly coming out of the low-slung transition and is extended by uneven, bulbous nodes of bamboo, their warm color lightening the overall composition and providing a playful, naturalistic rigidity to the shape's sweeping form. A saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite tops off the design, its stark color complementing the shadowy sandblast that dresses the stummel. The sandblast showcases some gorgeous birdseye across the rim and whispers of growth rings across the lower bowl. Lightweight, refined, and truly eye-catching, this design exudes a confident, vibrant charm that speaks to its originality.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.70 in./119.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.52 oz./43.09 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Taiwan
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