J. Alan: Sandblasted Strawberry (1585)

Product Number: 002-376-0300

The Strawberry is one of those artisan pipe shapes that enjoys a considerable degree of diversity across different carver's portfolios. In general, it's a highly organic and rounded design, with some maker's lending it a more Acorn-like profile and heel spur. Within Jeff Gracik's body of work, his Strawberry designs most often embody a strong sense of visual momentum and dynamism, with this example resembling a deeply canted Egg. Overall, this is a conveniently compact piece, lightweight and easily handled. As a composition, every line points forward, and every curve is balanced and intentional, making for aesthetically pleasing, gestural design that can't help but be admired. The shank and stem show a every-so-slight S-curve, both bends equal and perfectly balanced, effectively urging the lines forward toward the bowl. The angle of the rim lends the fore a slight point in silhouette, and the taper through the shank toward the transition affords the bowl more visual dominance. At the other end, the shank flares into a subtly domed face, complemented by the stem's expansion ring. I appreciate Jeff's choice of finish here — a reserved, ruby stain and crisp sandblast — ensuring that the briar's grain is appreciated but that the focus remains on the beautiful shape itself.

- Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.70 in./119.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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