Askwith: Sandblasted Morta Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-499-0445

Chris Askwith began his journey into the pipe world in 2006, when he first started smoking a pipe, going on to do repairs for estate pipes. In 2007, he joined a pipe club, and it was then that he began to make his own pipes, using equipment borrowed from Paul Hubartt of Larrysson pipes. A silversmith by trade, Chris hand cuts his stems from high-quality polyester, his logo of sterling silver inserted into the material as seen here in this Billiard. It is doubtless that Askwith enjoys the classic profiles of pipedom, those made popular by the Anglo-French marques of old, as, not only does he produce them quite often, but he does so with a degree of talent that is almost uncanny. This Billiard is an excellent example of that talent, as, despite its relative lengthiness, it remains quite lightweight at well under an ounce, packing a lot of substance into its shaping despite the deceptively simple profile. In addition, this pipe showcases Chris' affinity for crafting stummels out of morta, an alternative stummel material comprising blocks of semi-petrified bog oak that are cut from buried trees thousands of years old. The pencil-thin length of shank and stem lead into a cheeked transition, and a truly supple one at that, with its cleft deep enough to give the impression that the morta itself is a soft object, before blooming into the bowl. Said bowl is bowed out at its sides just a touch before it reaches the rim, dropping into a fairly capacious tobacco chamber that is sure to provide extended enjoyment. A shallow sandblast covers the stummel, its deep black coloration covering the unique grain patterns of the morta, while a vibrant blue stem adds a striking splash of contrast to the composition.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
  • Weight: 0.80 oz./22.68 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: England
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