Bill Shalosky: Rusticated Nosewarmer Brandy (526) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-720-0145

With a background in fine arts and bowl turning, Bill Shalosky got his start in the world of pipe making by doing repairs and restorations for the Smoker's Haven workshop in Columbus, Ohio, later crafting pipes in their Hand-made line. Additionally, Shalosky worked with Buckeye Pipes and Premal Chheda, making pipes for both before beginning his own line of pipes which bear his name. In the Spring of 2015, Bill began working at BriarWorks, all of this consistent pipe crafting giving Shalosky an incredibly practiced hand with regards to shaping, drilling, and finishing, ensuring his own pipes are built with excellent quality.

This straight Brandy from Bill is one of three we have ever received from him, and the only one we've ever seen in these proportions: pairing a trim shank with a lithe saddle stem and a monolithic bowl. The stem is a stretch of cumberland that nestles into the shank end thanks to the latter's addition of a recessed shank face, causing the sides to stretch out a bit and encircle the stem base. The transition is very subtly cheeked, emphasizing the softness of the bowl's shaping, and the wide angle that it comes to additionally cants the bowl forward a touch, giving the piece a gentle momentum. The bowl is quite tall, the low-set waistline providing a lovely space for the fingers to rest and giving it a supple appearance, the taper to the rim gentle and steady, and the chamber contained within the briar is quite capacious, the thick, insulating walls around it ensuring comfortable smoking. The stummel is dressed in a craggy rustication and stained an inky black, contrasting with the stem handsomely and giving the pipe a subtle, understated appeal.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.09 in./129.29 mm.
  • Weight: 2.11 oz./59.76 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.29 in./58.17 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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