David Huber: Partially Sandblasted Rhodesian (1420)

Product Number: 002-755-0055

A poised and robustly proportioned Rhodesian, this interpretation from David Huber is an excellent example of the American artisan's skillful line work and stellar finishing techniques. The shank is a particularly remarkably aspect on this composition as it's deceptively wide, a feature that's only noticeably when viewed from the smoker's perspective or from above. However, the shank's execution fits in well to David's penchant for stout dimensions and features a pair of extremely subtle ridgelines along the side of its lens-shaped cross section. Those ridgelines curve downward, blending seamlessly with the bowl's lifted heel while negative space around the transition accentuates the bowl's poised demeanor as well as the shank's muscularity. Said bowl forgoes the beadlines typically associated with the Rhodesian shape and instead utilizes a dual finish to draw focus to the taper above and below the bowl's midsection. The tapered rim is smooth-polished, matching the surface of the shank face while the rest of the stummel is finished in a dark sandblast.

Huber's talent in the blasting cabinet is on fine display as ring grain radiates from the heel and travels up the bowl's flanks while undulating patterns traverse the sides of the shank. To top things off, the American carver has reinforced the mortise with brass inset ring, with the stem's expansion disc mirroring the ring's shaping before arcing upward and terminating in a soft downturn that promises comfort and balance when this piece is enjoyed.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.25 in./133.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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