J. Alan: Partially Sandblasted Peewit with Ivorite (2045) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-376-0405

Jeff Gracik started making pipes as many do, with a few hobby-grade briar blocks, some preformed stems, and a couple hand tools. He quickly fell in love with the art form, and sought out master pipe makers to improve his craft. He first learned from Todd Johnson, who helped teach him the Danish "shape first, drill second" method, while others like Keith Moore and Jody Davis provided additional guidance. In 2003, Jeff Gracik started J. Alan Pipes and the workshop soon became one of American pipe making's premier names. J. Alan pipes typically exhibit the graceful, soft contours of Danish pipe making while utilizing clean, streamlined finishes, often forgoing accents. However, when J. Alan pipes embrace creative forms, dramatic finishes, and exotic accents, they use them to great effect.

A shape pioneered by legendary Danish pipe-maker Sixten Ivarsson, the Peewit has inspired many others to try their hand at crafting the shape. Jeff Gracik of J. Alan offers a modern rendition of the Peewit here that features a notable revision, the shank. The Peewit typically possesses a lithe shank that is made up of either bamboo or showcases a significant accent. In contrast, the shank here is quite sturdy, presenting a thick, rounded form that emerges from a unique transition, presenting a raised ridgeline that separates shank and bowl with some pronounced cheeking. Furthermore, the shank is dressed in an inky sandblast, contrasting against the chestnut smooth finish on the stummel and complementing the jet-black vulcanite stem. Said stem presents a high-kicking posture that completes the sinuous S-curve started by the shank, while the two elements meet at an Ivorite accent, its white form functioning as negative space between the cohesive curves of the black-hued profile.

At the fore, the bowl showcases more traditional elements of the Peewit. The heel is subtly pronounced due to the cheeking at the transition, while the supple walls flare to a gently inflated rim. The bowl's forward-cat makes for an effortless in-hand feel and imbues the profile with dynamic aesthetic momentum. Additionally, the vivid stain on the bowl highlights mesmerizing whorls of birdseye on the flanks, while cross grain runs along the vertical axis, encircling the bowl from aft to heel. A spirited homage to Sixten Ivarsson and a sensational reinterpretation of the shape, this Peewit is quite the alluring offering from J. Alan.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.27 in./133.86 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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