Ernie Markle: Smooth Elephant's Foot with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-490-0078

Ernie Markle makes a lot of Danish classics. They're always imbued with his own muscular, forward-thrust style, but their heritage in the Danish school is undeniable. What makes this Elephant's Foot so charming is that it isn't one of those classics — it's a sculptural shape, designed to show off the briar block's grain in perfect harmony with its shaping. And at that, Ernie has excelled, with the sea of birdseye framed by a fluid panel of cross-grain across the flanks, the stummel's dark stain highlighted by pale bamboo as shank extension. The bamboo itself is a unique piece, gracefully curved and featuring six knuckles in perfect rhythm with the motion of the piece as a whole. The result is stunning work from a carver who often makes an impression with understatement, the sheer precision of each decision cohering into a beautiful piece.

- Rachel DuBose
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.10 in./129.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.54 oz./43.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.05 in./52.07 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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