Ashton: Brindle Rhodesian (XXX) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-006-3898

William "Bill" Ashton Taylor began working for Dunhill in 1959 at 15 years old, manning one of the legendary English marque's lathes after a lengthy apprenticeship. During his time at the White Spot, Bill absorbed all the secrets of the craft he could from their experienced carvers, coming into his own as a carver and marking the start of a lengthy career. After feeling the need to start his own company, Bill founded Ashton pipes in 1983, going into business for himself and holding his work to extremely strict standards of quality that have earned the Ashton name an excellent reputation. William passed away in 2009, entrusting Ashton's production to Jimmy Craig, his protege, who has maintained the stringent standards of his predecessor, creating pieces with timeless appeal and classic charm. This Rhodesian is a deeply curved example of the classic shape, its shank and stem lifting out of a transition wide enough to drape a digit. Said shank is a thick, cylindrical stretch of briar that meets a smartly bent saddle stem of warm cumberland, the combination poised excellently for easy jaw-hanging. The aft pairing is hearty and balances the visual weight of the bowl well, with the bowl itself sitting atop a sweeping heel and taking on a robust shape at the fore. Said bowl flares out toward a high-set waist marked with dual beadlines, followed by a swift taper toward a flat rim, its entire build possessed of a broad, muscular character. Dressed in the crisp, dark sandblast of the Brindle series, this pipe showcases lovely grain, and the cumberland stem provides a complimentary dash of color.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.98 oz./56.25 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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