J. Alan: Sandblasted Tomato with Bamboo (1554)

Product Number: 002-376-0292

In the hands of Jeff Gracik of J. Alan pipes, the Tomato often manifests itself in quite a squat, forward-urging form, as displayed here. Inspired particularly by the Danish design style, Jeff incorporates that soft-lined aesthetic into this Tomato rendition — the waistline being especially low-set, out of which the walls taper toward the rim. Said rim is, then, slightly chamfered and smooth polished to contrast the sandblast below (a common feature in Danish pipes), and while the rim is perfectly parallel to the horizontal plane, the dramatic angle of the bowl's aft line imbues the profile with the appearance of cant and implied momentum.

Out back, that momentum is accentuated by a stretched transition and curvaceous combination of bamboo shank extension and vulcanite stem. Jeff has chosen quite the gnarled piece of bamboo too: the knuckles irregularly spaced and the section's curl being slightly asymmetrical. The craggy nodes accent against the soft, supple curves of the bowl, the motif furthered by the contrasting color palette between bright, pale bamboo and dark-stained, sandblasted briar. Despite this disparity of palette and form, Jeff has naturally married the elements together — first in the aforementioned continuation of momentum and also how he has extended the texture of the bamboo into the briar shank and vulcanite spacer at each end. Overall, it's a piece that fits well into Gracik's personal style of American and Danish artisan aesthetics, the bowl and finish exuding the latter, while the choice of irregular bamboo hints at the innovative approach of the former.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.90 in./124.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.20 in./30.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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