J. Alan: Smooth Fish (1932) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-376-0381

The Fish is a distinctive, Danish-inspired shape whose careful proportions and curves do indeed inspire thoughts of a fish in nature flicking its tail and preparing to accelerate through the water, the bowl representative of the fish's body and the shank its tail. It's perhaps more noticeable from an aerial perspective, with the width of the shank providing additional shaping cues, expanding toward the shank-end in a fin-like attitude. The bowl is longitudinally oval, with a softly rounded rim and lifting heel, while the saddle stem is understated, redirecting attention to the stummel. The graceful shaping is further ornamented by a sleek ridge that runs the length of the stummel, from the rim to the shank face, with the shank's form following the line to create a teardrop cross section that creates a supple and organic asymmetry.

Jeff Gracik of J. Alan has a firm grasp of the shaping required for such a seemingly simple but technically difficult shape. The subtly implied forward momentum is enhanced by the more pronounced curvature found on the near flank when compared to the far, and in the perfect contours found at the transition from the bowl to the shank. Even the angle of the shank end inspires an impression of dynamic upward energy. And the grain is, well, take a look. It's mesmerizingly tight, complementing the contours of the bowl and organizing the entire composition as only a carver of enormous talent can take such apt advantage of.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.71 in./170.43 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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