J. Alan: Sandblasted Acorn with Briar (2105) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-376-0408

Jeff Gracik is the American artisan behind J. Alan pipes, and his achievements have made him one of the most easily recognizable, well-regarded carvers in the United States, if not the world. His journey into pipe making began with a pair of briar blocks purchased while he was studying for his graduate degree, hand-carving them to make use of them himself and fitting the two stummels with preform stems. This first step ignited within him a passion for the art of carving, leading him to study under some of the world's most talented artisans, laying the foundation for his current career.

We've encountered a number of different Acorn renditions from Gracik in the past, and this silhouette in particular stands out as one of his most oft-seen takes on the modern classic shape. The most eye-catching element of this pipe is its long shank, one which pushes out from a wide, slightly mid-set transition and curls gently, flaring as it reaches toward a domed ring of smooth-polished briar. This briar acts as the junction to a sleek, demurely curved saddle stem of black vulcanite, one whose base features its own slight flare toward the bit, with this combination of features providing a wealth of visual intrigue at the aft side. The wealth of compositional substance at the aft easily balances the presence of the bowl, spreading out the visual weight of this pipe nicely and contributing a bit of organic charm as the bowl stands poised, reminiscent of its namesake on the end of the branch-like shank. The bowl itself sits proudly atop a pronounced, rounded, and spurred heel, its presence easily supporting the growth of thick, flaring walls that expand out toward a broad, domed rim that's chamfered into the chamber. The wealth of briar here is dressed in a crisp sandblast and vibrant contrast stain, with bands of ring grain cascading down the bowl alongside streaks of orange flame grain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.18 in./156.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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