Ashton: Pebble Grain Bent Bulldog (XXX) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-006-3989

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 bent Bulldog of convenient size, but possessed of a muscular and rustic character, this XXX-sized piece presented by Ashton is true to the shape-chart archetype. The sharply angled shank informs the curling stem, making for a comfortable smoking posture that additionally lends this piece an elegant silhouette, the underside's ridge informing an especially sharp heel. A wide transition sees the ridges lining the shank and stem continue into the bowl before gently dissipating as they meet the beadlines that delineate the bowl's taper to the rim, adding further to the muscularity of the piece. The pipe is finished with Ashton's crisp, darkly-stained Pebble Grain sandblast and is paired to a sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite, complementing the stummel wonderfully.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.88 in./149.35 mm.
  • Weight: 2.02 oz./57.15 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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