Wandi Riyadi: Smooth Reverse Calabash Horn (4310) (N) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-922-0001

The only pipe maker I know of from Indonesia, Wandi Riyadi was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java in 1984 and was inspired to begin crafting pipes after he saw people smoking them while as a youth. In 2011, he began smoking himself, and his drive to carve was enhanced as he learned of the creative freedom and artistic nature of handmade pipes, leading him to start his career as an artisan. Being one of Indonesia's few artisan carvers, Riyadi turned to the internet to educate himself on carving, and his shaping style is influenced by historic masters of the craft, such as Bo Nordh, Sixten Ivarsson, and Hiroyuki Tokutomi. Regardless of the influence he takes from other artisans, Riyadi boasts a design language all his own, and this unique perspective offers refreshing takes on nearly every shape he carves.

This reverse Calabash Horn is a prime example of Riyadi's skill and his sophisticated mastery of shaping. As the first pipe of his we've received new, I am absolutely stunned by the precision on display here, as Riyadi hasn't just carved the already complex Horn shape, but has altered it to feature framing channels and ridges through the flanks. These ridges flow into the expanding bowl from the shank face, whose outline lifts up and out toward the transitional area, creating a curled, arcing shape that highlight's this pipe's compact muscularity. The channels themselves are precisely carved, along with the ridges that frame them, and they follow the stummel exactly as it lifts, expanding out of the shank to flare into the bowl. Capturing the consistent flare of its namesake shape, this pipe measures in at an impressive length of just over four inches, the small footprint possessed of a subtle muscularity that reinforces the presence of its details.

The reverse Calabash engineering here is no less impressive, as, given the slightly compressed look of the shank from the flanks, this pipe doesn't look like a reverse Calabash at all. While there's still some thickness, the much more robust look often seen in the shanks of pipes with the same engineering simply isn't present, though the recessed cooling chamber is, and this only further evidences Riyadi's talent in carving. At the rim, the bowl's expansion terminates in a wavering outline which curves from the fore into the midsection before lifting and rising to a peak at the aft side, pulling the eye forward while still keeping the visual weight here balanced. Dressed in a warm mahogany stain, this pipe showcases an incredible display of grain, with lifting flame grain through the flanks and lining the channels, while the underside and aft of the bowl reveal gorgeous birdseye. Graded with an "N" stamp, this pipe is representative of some of Riyadi's best work, a truly deserving member of that illustrious sphere.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.06 in./103.12 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.00 in./76.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Indonesia
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