David Huber: Smooth Bent Dublin Sitter (5621)

Product Number: 002-755-0076

A highly organic, twisting bent Dublin iteration from American artisan David Huber, this pipe shows Huber's tendency to embrace Japanese shaping cues, with a nod to Japanese greats like Tokutomi and Fukada. If I could chose one word to describe this pipe it would be asymmetry, but that might leave you with the impression of something misshapen, while this exquisite piece is anything but. One of the marks of an expert artisan is the ability to shape a pipe according to the briar's grain, and David does exactly that here, following nature wherever it leads to produce a beautiful, bespoke creation.

The bowl sits on a flattened heel, from which it surges upward and forward like a curling wave, or the bend of a blooming flower, with an undulating domed rim bringing to mind a mushroom. The transition is deep and lifted, a bit like a Cherrywood, and from it the shank flares and arcs upward dramatically to a domed face. The shank end boasts an embedded brass ring to define the junction with a push-style stem. Speaking of stem, it is a lithe mouthpiece of hand-shaped vulcanite, sprouting upward like a twig, quickly expanding to a petal-like expansion ring that unifies with the stummel's organicism, before bending slightly downward to complete an S-curve.

There is a reason David followed the grain so faithfully here, and that reason is because it was too stunning to do otherwise. Whoever is lucky enough to acquire this piece will forever thank him for his devotion, as every facet is alive with stunning birdseye or brilliant flame grain, all made unmissable by a black and auburn contrast stain and glossy smooth finish. I like David's work quite a lot, and this is hands-down my favorite out of all of his pipes I have personally described to date. I'll wager it goes quickly, so if it calls to you like it does to me, don't sleep on it.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.63 in./143.00 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.34 in./59.44 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States