J. Alan: Sandblasted Bent Apple (1804) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-376-0356
We have offered this Apple interpretation just twice before from Jeff Gracik of J. Alan pipes, a design distinctly longer than what I immediately think of when I hear "J. Alan bent Apple." This design is a long-necked variant with a supple profile that calls to mind Lars Ivarsson's work, although this time Jeff has opted to forego the Cup and Ball feature included in the last two renditions, instead letting a stunning sandblasted finish run uninterrupted from rim to shank face. And justly so, as this block of briar yielded undulating waves of ring grain brought to life under his expert hand.
The bowl is rounded and pleasingly plump, with a discrete ridgeline starting at the rim's left edge and wrapping around the bowl. The unique feature flows seamlessly through the transition and becomes the point of the shank's teardrop cross-section, yielding a perfect surface for thumb draping and a delightful asymmetry. The rim is smooth and roundly chamfered to aid in tobacco loading, matched by a similarly smooth surface on the shank face, while the rest of the stummel is bedecked with the aforementioned sandblasted finish and a brilliant orange and black contrast stain.
The mouthpiece emerges like magic from the shank face, subtly flaring to a shoulder that mirrors both the angle of the shank face and and the flare of the shank itself. A svelte saddle stem of vulcanite, it bends almost imperceptibly to complete a discrete S-curve, racing toward a precisely hand-shaped lip button that promises a comfortable smoke. I have yet to meet a J. Alan pipe that I didn't like, but this one is really calling my name, and will make a great centerpiece in any discerning collector's rotation.- Joel Balyeat
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.79 in./147.07 mm.
- Weight: 2.24 oz./63.50 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States