David Huber: Sandblasted Bent Apple (0120)

Product Number: 002-755-0047

One of my favorite aspects of bent shapes, particularly those of more robust and rounded bowls — Eggs, Apples, and the like — is the continuity of the composition's undercurve; that is to say, the bottom line of the piece, running from the shank, through the heel, and up the bowl's foremost edge in profile. When done "right," the gradual arc of said undercurve provides a foundation upon which the remainder of the pipe rests, and it's incredibly aesthetically pleasing. David Huber has accomplished that in this bent Apple rendition. The flare of the shank flows into the bowl, as the bottom curve gradually tightens to maintain the bowl's plumpness, and the bowl and shank match in their proportional muscularity — neither dominating the visual weight of the piece. Such a combination of curve, plumpness, and flare are common motifs within Danish pipe making, and Huber leans into that tradition here. Dressed in a rippling sandblast, the dark color palette is accented by smooth, contrast-stained briar at both rim and shank face, and the disk-like shaping of the stem base adds definition to the silhouette, echoing the shaping of the shank face.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.00 in./127.00 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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