David Huber: Sandblasted Ram (22/23) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-755-0097

David Huber has been obsessed with the art of pipe making since buying his first pipe in 2006, spending the proceeding years collecting even more pieces and studying various design schools, with a focus on the Japanese and Danish aesthetics. During this period, Huber worked as a freelance designer for live theater productions, and ordered his first blocks of briar in 2010, spending two years refining his skills. In 2014 he began to carve pipes full time, his progress furthered by tutelage from artisans such as Jeff Gracik, Tom Eltang, and Nanna Ivarsson.

This Ram is a unique piece from Huber, and one which stands out not only among his other works, but from many other artisans' work. At first glance I immediately assumed that this was one of Huber's more eclectic Blowfish iterations, though further study proved otherwise: It's absent the more ostensibly dual-panel bowl structure that often defines the Blowfish shape, and the bowl itself takes on a striking posture that lives up to the name of the piece. Said bowl rests at the end of a tightly-knit transition and cants forward in profile, displaying dynamic energy that offers the composition a wealth of momentum, its angular waistline further underscoring the dynamism of the build. The left flank of the bowl is completely round, with a single ridge at the fore curving through the heel and into the underside of the shank, while the aft end travels toward the right side: the briar passing across the transition and forming another ridge. As the eye follows this ridge, a second one starts that also wraps across and plunges down the right flank of the bowl, forming a stylistic "horn" out of the raised briar in between them which only serves to solidify the composition's reminiscence to its eponymous sheep. The effect of the bowl's styling and stance is one that emulates a ram while charging, enhancing the pipe's dynamic feel and organic appeal. Six panels outline the flaring shank, paired here to a demurely curved saddle stem, and a crisp, vibrantly contrast-stained sandblast dresses the stummel with rich texture while revealing lovely grain throughout.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.12 in./130.05 mm.
  • Weight: 0.93 oz./26.31 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.62 in./15.75 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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