Alexander Hasty: Sandblasted Billiard with Ivorite Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-876-0016

Alexander Hasty's journey into pipe making began in the summer of 2011 with a simple goal: to make a single tobacco pipe for his own personal use. After this pipe was finished, he was determined to make more and make each one better than the last, teaching himself methods and gathering information from the vast source that is the internet, honing his craft with every pipe he produced. As he carved and shaped and worked with the briar, a passion developed, fostered with each stoke of a file and sweep of the sander until, after graduating college, Hasty decided that he was going to make pipes full time. His shaping style is one that values the Danish design school's subtle detailing, imbuing many of his pieces with a gentle momentum, all while keeping the shaping compact and handy, many of which are quite prevalent in this straight Billiard.

It's hard not to appreciate the classic pipe shapes, especially when they've been crafted in the Danish style, as the softness and gentleness of line offered by the school is nigh unparalleled. This Billiard exudes that kind of softness readily, with a shank that flares ever so slightly toward the lightly cheeked transition and a notably robust heel, a sure spot for the fingers to rest when holding this piece, and one that informs the bowl's low-set waistline with the easy, slow taper to the rim drawing the eye toward it. A slender black saddle stem ebbs forth from a shank end adornment of Ivorite that overlaps the stem base, and the sleekness it offers is welcome in the face of the stummel's more robust shaping. A low-profile sandblast and deep auburn stain dress the briar, revealing some lovely growth rings across its surface, as well as raised striations of cross grain, with blasted birdseye on the fore and aft of the bowl.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.91 in./124.71 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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