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Clark Layton: Sandblasted Blowfish

Product Number: 002-781-0029

Much like a previous Blowfish we saw from Clark Layton, this rendition is an unabashedly bold and muscular take on the lively, organic shape. Where this one differs from the aforementioned example lies primarily in its execution and subtle details. While it offers plenty of palm-filling substance with its robust proportions, the stummel's stain tricks the eye into underestimating its actual size. Similar to how black is often utilized as a slimming color in clothing, Clark has dressed this piece in an blackish plum tone, resulting in an optical illusion of sorts. However, all of the additional heartiness lent to this piece's proportions exemplify the American Industrial approach to pipemaking — taking a shape and beefing up its dimensions throughout. The disc-like panels of this Blowfish are a product of that style, their plumpness readily stands out and is accentuated by the form's crisp ridgelines that run along both flanks.

Layton is well known for his sandblasts and he absolutely delivers with this example. Blasted birdseye populates the chubby panels and vertically oriented streaks of wavy grain can be seen flowing across the bowl's fore and aft. A creamy white accent band adorns the shank end, providing some colorful separation between the softly downturned jet-black stem and the deep, dark stain of the stummel. The domed base of the saddle stem echoes the roundness of the panels and leads perfectly into the hearty shank. A truly impressive piece from Clark that highlights his immense skill when it comes to finishing techniques and just how subtle details can affect a pipe's presentation when used effectively.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.43 in./163.32 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.87 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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