Askwith: Smooth Morta Billiard with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-499-0427

English artisan Chris Askwith began his pipe journey in 2006, when he first started smoking a pipe and realized that the tools he used as a silversmith could be used to repair pipes. In 2007, he met Paul Hubbart, the man behind Larryson pipes, who gave Askwith a chance to make some pipes from scratch. Askwith eventually invested in specialized tooling that allowed him to produce original pipes full-time, and since then, he's become a prominent figure in artisan pipe making. This Billiard showcases Askwith's unique style, which consists of modernized takes on classic Anglo-French standards.

Fashioned from morta, a petrified bog oak prized for its heat-resistance and stunning grain patterning, this piece features a tall, stocky bowl posed at the fore of an arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement. The bowl, shank, and stem are all harmoniously balanced within the composition, resulting in a comfortable in-hand presence and a streamlined visual appearance. A mouthpiece of black and cream horn tops off the design and adds a touch of vibrant color to the pipe's otherwise reserved palette, hearkening to late-19th century and early-20th century pipe design. A crisp sandblast dresses the stummel and highlights tight bands of grain that radiate across the bowl and provide a subtle tactile feedback for the fingers to appreciate.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.54 oz./43.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Horn
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: England
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