Clark Layton: Sandblasted Bent Dublin Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-781-0056

Some careers are perfectly suited to others, the inherent skills in one field carrying over in some tangible way to another. Such is the case with Clark Layton, who spent six years as a home builder prior to taking up pipe making, the depth of knowledge gleaned in one position transitioning well into the latter. The American carver's stylistic range is broad, encompassing his own take on classic shapes in addition to organic designs and even artful, sculptural pieces.

The artisan refers to this compact, organic bent Dublin also as a "Double Triangle" because of the shaping of both bowl and shank. Compressed, pocket-friendly and muscular, this piece fits in well with the American/Danish design style. The robust, forward-ebbing bowl is indeed triangular, displaying vertical ridgelines at fore and aft, while the rim's crisp point contributes to the urging momentum of the profile. The lines continue their sweep through the pinched transition and undercurve before flaring again at the shank face, mirroring the rim in design. It's topped by a greenish-brown vulcanite stem that's certain to be a conversation starter in and of itself, with the stummel wearing a dark ruby-stained sandblast. Clark certainly has skill in shaping the block of briar to best maximize the grain, as this pipe displays tight-knit, rippling growth rings riding up both bowl and shank.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.86 oz./52.62 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.22 in./56.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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