Gabriele: Smooth Bulldog with Birch (Whale)

Product Number: 002-533-0111

We've seen several Rhodesians from Gabriele Dal Fiume before, all of them having been quite organic and rounded with ridges around the bowl instead of beadlines. This Bulldog, then, is the most classic rendition of the Bulldog/Rhodesian shape family, and is the first piece we've received from Gabriele that features a diamond shank. It forgoes the Italian carver's typically organic and flowing aesthetic, opting instead for a form that's full of architectural rigidity and firmness and caters most closely to the traditional pipe chart standard. The shank's striking panels continue into the heel, lending the underside a boat's keel-like pose when viewed head-on. The bowl, then, rises above with a Billiard-esque uprightness before suddenly tapering at the beadline toward the chamfered rim. It's a bold, sturdy piece in hand and in profile, housing a generous chamber, yet it's still readily recognizable as the work of Gabriele — most notably in the carver's conventional use of warm-hued, striated cumberland for the stem and a pale, speckled ferrule of birch at the shank end.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.02 in./127.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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