Ashton: Sovereign Cherrywood (XXX) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-006-3929

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 Cherrywood is a sturdy piece from the brand, with a flattened heel that supports the bowl well as it rises cylindrically at the fore. Said bowl boasts thick walls and a respectable height, with enough curvature to be comfortable in the hand and a firm, imposing presence compositionally. This presence is balanced by the shank-and-stem combination's easy sinuousness, the wide transition giving way to the shank's slight lift and taper to the saddle stem's base, while the stem's bit is curved for comfortable smoking. Dressed in the warm, light stain of the Sovereign finish, the stummel here showcases handsome grain throughout, making for a timeless aesthetic alongside the black vulcanite saddle stem.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.48 in./139.19 mm.
  • Weight: 1.69 oz./48.00 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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