Dirk Heinemann: Sandblasted Blowfish with Antler Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-793-0077

German pipe maker Dirk Heinemann first developed an affinity for smoking pipes — a passion for crafting them soon followed. With a three-year carpentry apprenticeship and a degree in product design from The University of Hannover, Heinemann was already well equipped to work with the subtitles of briar and the aesthetics of functional artwork. Heinemann describes his style as simple, clear, and uncomplicated; although his avant-garde creations seem to defy this definition, his crisp, sweeping line work imparts an elegant straightforwardness onto each of his pipes.

This Blowfish by Dirk Heinemann exhibits a flowing profile, as the underside gently bows from the protruding fore to the shank end, centered along a parabolic ridgeline. The shank features geometric facets, organized in a hexagonal pattern, extending from the antler accent on the shank end to the bowl. Said bowl refrains from panels but still embraces the Blowfish shape's requisite elliptical flanks, displaying pronounced ridgelines at the aft that blend into the bowl as they approach the fore. Additionally, the entire stummel is asymmetrical, bending to the right along a horizontal axis, adding a gestural accompaniment to the vertical curvature.

Turning back to the bowl, it features a fascinating chamber construction. Instead of being in the center of the bowl, it is askew. Placed slightly to the left, the chamber cuts through the ridgeline of one flank while leaving the other unblemished. However, the chamber was not drilled haphazardly, rather it is centered in line with the airway. This thoughtful engineering allows the bowl to be centered when one takes a puff, instead of bending off to the right, giving this pipe a familiar smoking feel while embracing an asymmetric design.

The Blowfish shape is designed to accentuate birdseye due to the shape of the elliptical flanks on the bowl. However, I am more impressed by the growth rings on this pipe, as the sandblasted veins course along the top and bottom of the stummel, making one want to follow an individual strand from end to end. Moreover, the black stain on the stummel is a similar shade to that of the vulcanite stem, which serves to accentuate the antler accent that shines with earthy, organic patterns framed by ivory-hued undertones.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.46 in./164.08 mm.
  • Weight: 2.40 oz./68.04 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.97 in./24.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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