J. Alan: Sandblasted Sailor with Horn (1631)

Product Number: 002-376-0312

The Sailor offers a unique aesthetic, the bulbous nature of the bowl accentuated by the domed rim and Horn-like transition in a graduating declension from rim to shank-end. Jeff Gracik of J. Alan has here rendered the shape with a dark palette of mahogany and subtle crimson. The bowl is oval along the axis of the shank, providing a wider impression in profile than from above or below, and the precise taper of the shank is terminated by a horn accent that possesses a quality of grain that is remarkable in itself.

How is this shape not a Horn? It's in the angle between bowl and shank at the upper transition, breaking the flow almost subliminally and requiring concentrated attention by the carver to make exactly right. It provides a more upright posture for the bowl while maintaining the forward momentum inherent in the Sailor. This piece is additionally refined by a sandblast of epic quality and grain definition. The texture is craggy and the growth rings prominent as they circle the bowl in natural undulation, while the more reserved texture of the birdseye at the rim offers the most reserved of contrasts. It's a remarkable composition, executed with precision and skill.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.23 in./132.84 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.07 in./52.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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