Bill Shalosky: Sandblasted Windshield Billiard with Fordite (517) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0138

Bill Shalosky possesses a wide variety of influences, pointing to "every pipe ever made" as a source of inspiration. Whether influenced by handmade, artisanal pipes or factory-produced ones, the American carver can usually find something unique or distinctive to utilize in his own work. Shalosky has a deft understanding of shaping, as well as the internal functionality of pipes, and he has quite the breadth of experience under his belt to attest to that fact, having fashioned pipes for Smoker's Haven, Chheda Pipes, and BriarWorks alongside his own artisan fare. His work can be rather eye-catching, as the American carver is not one to shy away from atypical materials or a sense of playfulness with his shaping.

The dramatically raised, "windshield" rim at the fore of this piece is an older design cue, hearkening back to the early days of the 20th century when Alfred Dunhill himself marketed a line of pipes to automobile drivers. It's a feature, designed with the intention of protecting the ember of the bowl from the elements. The rest of the bowl features thick insulating walls and a muscular disposition that can be easily felt in hand, while an arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement trails out back. The shank balances with the bowl in profile, maintaining the same firm, sturdy proportions. A tapered stem of jet-black vulcanite tops off the design and continues the sleek lines started by the shank until terminating at a fine bit. The stummel wears a dark, low-profile sandblast that accentuates the birdseye across the flanks of the bowl and provides a rich, stimulating texture for the fingers to explore. A mesmerizing Fordite accent — composed of hardened, layered automobile paint taken from the factory floor — adorns the stem base and offers a splash of color that lightens the overall design.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 2.64 oz./74.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.56 in./65.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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