Ashton: Pebble Grain Billiard (XXX) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-006-3904
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. A Billiard instantly reminiscent of the Anglo-French shape chart standard, this piece boasts a sleek shank and stem combination that does well to balance the visual weight of the bowl. Said shank and stem take on a very slight taper toward the button, and the pair ebb out of a wide transition, one which leaves plenty of room to drape a digit. Up front, the bowl stands atop a rounded heel and boasts a slight taper up toward the rim, its walls offering plenty of space to showcase the dark sandblast of the Pebble Grain series.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.81 in./147.57 mm.
- Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Billiard
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: England