Ashton: Pebble Grain Billiard (ELX) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-006-3935

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. The "LX" and "ELX" gradings are Ashton's two largest size designations, respectively, with this "ELX" Billiard coming in at more than six and a half inches in length and embodying a charming robustness. The transition is wide, with plenty of room to drape a thumb over its thick shank, and the shank itself leads into a sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite. Up front, the bowl stands on a rounded heel and takes on a jaunty forward cant, its walls gently tapering to its rim and offering enough curvature to be comfortable. Part of the Pebble Grain series, the stummel is dressed in a crisp, inky sandblast and deep stain, one that reveals a wealth of rippling grain, all complemented by the stem's dark tones.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.63 in./168.40 mm.
  • Weight: 2.93 oz./83.00 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.40 in./60.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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