Yeti: Smooth Dancing Cobra with Horn (722) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-660-0167

Micah Cryder is the artisan behind Yeti pipes, his passion for the craft imbued into him since childhood. An autodidact for much of his career, he turned to pipe makers forums for information about carving before he developed relationships with other notable American carvers who furthered his knowledge of the craft considerably, especially with regard to the technical elements. Over the years, his abilities have become even more refined, each pipe made contributing to his skills and solidifying his unique shaping style, something which can be seen here in this Dancing Cobra.

The Dancing Cobra is a truly singular name for a pipe shape, though the shape itself is a highly unique combination of its namesake profiles, coming together to create a wholly new interpretation. Both the Cobra and the Ballerina are highly distinctive shapes with very different profiles, the Ballerina being an old Bo Nordh shape that's defined by its forward-leaning curvature and flat, platform-like heel that allows the shape to stand. The Cobra, however, is made distinct thanks to its sweeping, Horn-like build that emphasizes the fore wall of the bowl. Both of these shapes highlight birdseye and cross grain, and both include the judicious, measured use of ridgelines. Yeti's fusion of the two shapes is quite interesting, as it maintains the overall profile of a Ballerina, while infusing it with the broad expanses of briar that a Cobra necessitates.

The demurely curved saddle stem marries the stummel at a stylish shank extension of horn, pushing in and mounting to a brass-reinforced mortise, the horn's gentle flare to the stem's base balancing a bit of the visual weight. The bowl is surrounded completely by a pair of ridgelines that outline that arcing curve that the bowl takes on from its heel to the rim. The stance of the Ballerina is maintained, sans the flat foot, while the Cobra's hood has been modified, split into two panels that flank the midsection and are defined by those aforementioned ridgelines. The result is a bowl that genuinely resembles a cobra with its hood spread wide and its head reared back in a threat display, making this the most cobra-like Cobra that I have ever seen. Another result of this singular shaping are two vast and dense fields of swirling birdseye, one at both the fore and aft, the two split by an almost perfect ring of cross grain and revealed by Yeti's beautiful, deep contrast stain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
  • Weight: 2.40 oz./68.04 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.42 in./61.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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