Kurt Balleby: Smooth Freehand Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-294-0085

This style of extreme, drastic bevel at the rim is a feature that's been played around with across the artisan pipemaking world, most notably seen in Wolfgang Becker's "Stetson" design. Here, Danish great Kurt Balleby incorporates it into this sweeping bent Dublin, lending a whimsical approach to his otherwise classic Danish aesthetic.

Slightly pinched on each flank for an oval profile, the bowl flares dramatically from out of a lenticular shank. It rises consistently above the lifted heel before terminating crisply at a paneled ridgeline that acts as the lip of the beveled rim. Within this valley, whorls of birdseye populate the surface in a stunning display, drawing the eye inward to the raised, innermost portion of the rim. This "second rim" is chamfered, then, toward the chamber, while the overall orientation is concave and undulating, adding even more playfulness to the profile and echoing the gentle curl of the transition and heel. Though the profile is jaunty and Freehand-esque, Kurt sticks to his roots in the finish, dressing it in one of his exquisite contrast stains to allow feathery flame grain to receive some much deserved attention.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.41 in./137.41 mm.
  • Weight: 1.73 oz./48.99 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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