Askwith: Smooth Dublin

Product Number: 002-499-0350

Lively shape interpretations, alternative materials, colorful palettes, and high quality are what first comes to mind when I think of Chris Askwith's creations. Often the English carver brings these design cues to life in morta, but apparently, he couldn't pass up this exceptional piece of briar, and I don't blame him. Chris saw a straight Dublin in the grain and beautifully rendered the shape's flared bowl in such concert with the vertical striations that I see it as nothing less than straight grain. Dressed in a natural stain and smooth finish, with plateau displaying the craggy surface of what would be birdseye on the rim, I could look at this pipe a hundred times, from as many angles, and not get enough of the grain. The brilliant bowl is paired with an abbreviated shank crowned by a cumberland accent shaped to emulate the look of a military mount. A tapered stem with a standard mortise-and-tenon arrangement stretches luxuriously out back toward a fishtail bit — a classic jet-black, vulcanite aesthetic but crafted out of the hand-cut polyester Chris is partial to.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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