J. Alan: Sandblasted Billiard with Silver (1689)

Product Number: 002-376-0330

This style of Billiard is my personal most favored, particularly in the abrupt termination of the shank at a minimalist stem base that introduces the flat saddle bit. It leaves all the visual weight up front with the stummel, which deservedly maintains that precedence with wonderful sandblasting that provides excellent tactile feedback in the hand. The rim is smooth and gently inflated for contrast of both texture and color tone, and the bowl is upright and structured, with meticulous tapering from the heel to the rim.

The heel is forward inclined and muscular, adding to the structured elements of the pipe, including the geometrically cylindrical shank that extends from the soft transition at the bowl. A broad silver band adorns the shank end, further accentuating the shank's robust dimensions and making this piece even more visually captivating. It's a classic, traditional shape, and the precision of its elements and the modernist tweaking of its proportions all point to an irresistible rendition by one of the most advanced carvers of this era.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.63 in./117.60 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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