Dirk Heinemann: Sandblasted Dora with Spalted Birchwood Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-793-0088

One of Dirk Heinemann's signature shapes, the Dora came into being first on paper. Like many carvers, Heinemann experiments with shaping with a pencil and paper, playing with lines and proportions before moving to briar. In the case of the Dora, Heinemann found a striking design by focusing on the shank rather than rendering the bowl itself particularly uniquely, as is often the case when fashioning creative, non-standard designs. By pinching the shank at the flanks and lending it considerably more height, curving the face slightly and flicking upward the transition into a point, Heinemann created a unique, blade-like aesthetic that cuts a sharp, sleek-lined profile, while at the same time being quite robust and hearty in hand thanks to the squat, bulbous Tomato bowl up front.

Though the relative silhouette of every Dora is similar, the German artisan fashions each one individually and creatively, making them all subtly different and utterly their own. This particular rendition features three ridges beginning at the bottom of the shank and then curling through the heel and up the fore of the bowl, dissipating and tapering gradually until coming to one single ridgeline that terminates at the rim. Such features enhance the shank's already blade-like presence and create scalloped faces along the lower flanks. It's a beautiful piece from Heinemann, furthered by a grain-defining sandblast and a broad accent of spalted birch to cover the face of the shank.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.25 in./133.35 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.32 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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