David Huber: Sandblasted Fish (7423) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-755-0106

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 aesthetic. During this period, Huber worked as a freelance designer for live theater productions, and ordered his first blocks of briar in 2010, carving the shapes and holes entirely by hand, spending two entire years refining them before they were finally finished. By the end, he was dedicated to the craft. 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.

What strikes me first about this Fish by David Huber is the shank, an ovoid length of briar that curls out from a wide, cheeked transition and flares out to a firm ridgeline at the base: this ridge surrounding a smooth face which is inlaid with a ring of brass. Paired to the shank here via a push-style fitment is a stylized saddle stem which is fashioned with a firm expansion ring at its base, creating an area of negative space near the aft side which balances some of the visual weight of the bowl. On the right flank of the shank, the ridgeline which surrounds the shank end tapers to a point that marks the start of another ridge, one which flows through the shank and lifts into the fore of the bowl before terminating just below the rim. Up front, the bowl showcases an Apple-like look, with plump, pert walls that are thoroughly curved through their mid-set waist and gentle taper to a smooth, chamfered rim. Comfortable in the hand and extremely Danish in its silhouette, this piece is a hearty example of Huber's skill in carving briar, more than six inches long and possessed of a reassuring weight. The enhanced surface area of the stummel here grants the crisp, inky sandblast, which dresses the briar, plenty of room to showcase excellent grain, with growth rings cascading down the bowl while the smooth finish of the shank end offers contrast.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.16 in./156.46 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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