Clark Layton: Sandblasted Bent Dublin Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-781-0045

This year's 7th annual American Pipe Making Exposition revisits 2017's theme of accent stems and features pipes from well-renowned American artisans. Advancing upon an idea conceptualized by the late Sixten Ivarsson, who embraced the notion of pipe stems as a concrete element of a pipe's composition rather than as simply a functional necessity for smoking, American carvers have taken that concept to new levels, often utilizing unique materials for their hand-cut stems, which range from black to vibrantly colorful and strikingly eye-catching.

Clark Layton's background as a home builder has served him well in his pipe-making career, the knowledge gleaned from the one trade transcending easily to the other, only with objects of much smaller scale. The bent Dublin seen here reflects his fondness for carving classic shapes. Imbued with sleek shaping and an elegant profile, this organic piece displays the form's characteristic flare toward the rim, which is gently inflated for a softening aesthetic. The round, rather muscular lifting shank is met by a mouthpiece with a domed base that quickly turns into a saddle-stem configuration. Made of vulcanite, the ever-so-gently downturned, forest-green stem pairs well with one of Layton's extra-craggy, dark sandblasts, showcasing the tight growth rings populating the bowl. A smooth inner rim and matching band at the shank end lends a subtle contrast in this pipe whose bowl, shank, and stem flow together in a stunningly seamless manner.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.75 in./146.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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