Cornelius Manz: Rusticated Bent Apple with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-831-0019

Typically, a pipe shape places more visual weight on the bowl, the shank and stem characteristically more slender, but that doesn't always have to be the case. By exaggerating or altering the proportions of a piece, pipe makers can creatively accentuate different elements for strikingly unique compositions. Cornelius Mänz is one to play with shaping conventions, and that style is evident in this bent Apple.

In most renditions, the Apple's plump bowl will comprise the majority of the pipe's robustness, but the German carver has turned that norm upside down, instead drawing focus to the extra-broad shank and its bamboo extension. Said bamboo is generous in breadth, wider than my thumb, and dwarfs the bowl by comparison, the bamboo's heartiness further accentuated by the negative space created by the saddle stem. The ferrule is actually slightly oval of cross section, and for a touch of accenting asymmetry, Cornelius tilted it subtly off-center. The bowl's finish is also of particular note: In hand and in profile, the stummel appears sandblasted, but in reality it's dressed in a very subtle, concise, and low-depth rustication, ensuring that the briar's natural grain still shows underneath. It's a rustication style I've never seen before and one that required patience and restraint when executing.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.30 in./134.62 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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