Ernie Markle: Smooth Acorn

Product Number: 002-490-0023

"Get Thee Behind Me, Satan!" Sorry, between my current budget (think "basket pipe"), and the sheer "You have to own me!" factor of this amazing Markle, it was purely a visceral reaction. Thankfully, being a Sunday, only Eric heard my scream, and Eric has long become nonplussed at hearing blood-curdling non sequiturs issuing from behind my monitors. Markle was already creating fine (approaching outstanding, actually) interpretations of the shape at the time he joined the SPC family. I also noticed experimentation with a few elements, something a wee bit different with each new update. Intrigue peaked, I started scrolling faster and faster. no Acorns since 01/2012?! I don't know if the gap was intentional (Ernie looking for a breakthrough, or radically different approach for an already excellent form before releasing) or simply a "just was" thing, but this 2014 Markle Acorn makes up for any wait.

Ernie has created Acorns whose bowls have reduced to a point before, but those bodies never boasted this degree of advanced, supple liquidity, nor an overarching form which could easily be envisioned as a small droplet of water, caught in a light breeze, and entering a frozen state at the starting point of becoming an icicle (best observed on pic #8). The hypnotic reduction of the shank and fine interplay with the droplet, gains additional poignancy by the near-wistful reference to the natural in the mount. The scads of flame grain on the body and the windswept grain on the shank, fairly come ablaze with birdseye on the rim and top of the latter. This bent Acorn truly finds its home in the paw, the curl at the heel is a perfect resting point for the ring finger. Now, if I could just put it back in the tray.

--R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.04 in./128.02 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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