David Huber: Smooth Fugu (7322) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-755-0090

While David Huber is an American carver based out of North Carolina, his work showcases an obvious fondness for the rich, organic style of Danish and Japanese pipe making. This Blowfish leans heavily into that latter design school while still retaining Huber's distinctive personality and penchant for the muscular and sculptural. While different artisans approach the shape in a variety of ways, the "Fugu" style of Blowfish is typically defined by a paneled shank and an asymmetrical bowl bisected by a band of cross grain, and that's exactly what Huber has produced here.

Huber embraces the asymmetrical nature of the shape in this rendition, with the panels on either side of the bowl uneven, and the wrapping briar around the midsection curling at a diagonal angle. The lifted shank displays firm, structural lines that contrast against the curvaceousness of the rounded bowl while still visually aligning with the bowl's asymmetric build. Though quite firm and muscular in terms of proportions, the overall design measures just under five inches in total length, and it appropriately offers a lightweight presence in hand. It's all dressed in a warm auburn finish that highlights an impressive showing of birdseye across the bowl's wide flanks and tight bands of cross grain across the fore, rim, and heel.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.90 in./124.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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