Clark Layton: Sandblasted Fish with Cocobolo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-781-0041

The Fish is a pipe shape with roots in Danish pipe design, specifically as executed by Jess Chonowitsch and, to an extent, Lars Ivarsson. In essence, the shape features a rounded bowl (often falling between Apple, Egg, or Brandy shapes) fitted to a shank that displays a teardrop cross section. Such shaping orients a crisp ridgeline along one side; sometimes artisans will terminate that hard line at the transition, or they'll continue it through the bowl for added structure and accenting flourish. Clark Layton presents a Fish rendition here — the bowl more Apple-like and the transition and shank slightly stretched. Overall, it's quite the compact take on the Danish form, and Layton opted to continue the shank's flanking ridgeline all the way through the bowl, curling it up the fore to terminate at the rim. It adds intriguing texture in hand, apparent even over top the texture sandblast of the stummel. Wearing a lighter, more natural stain, this piece will darken as it's smoked, its palette continuing to contrast tastefully against the subtle cocobolo accent.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.37 in./111.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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