Geiger: Smooth Reverse Calabash Bodog

Product Number: 002-564-0035

You know you're a great pipemaker when even your failures are celebrated. Indeed, Bo Nordh's famous Bulldog shape wasn't exactly a failure, as it was, by all accounts, a beautiful piece. This was no surprise of course, as the carver was certainly among some of the greatest to ever work in briar. What was surprising was that singular piece's (he only made one) proclivity to build up heat along the rear wall, and as a result, was only smoked once.

That being said, when Sara Mossberg and Love Geiger were commissioned to fashion their own rendition of the one-off shape, they took on the challenge head-on, armed with only Bengt Carlsson's sketch of Bo's original and the knowledge of that piece's hamartia. To remedy it, they lent the canted chamber a stronger taper, and the resulting form they called the "BoDog." It's a bit lighter and more svelte than the renderings I've seen of the original, and even more so since they've been producing these reverse Calabash iterations. This fellow makes use of its tightly-knit surface area too, presenting a brilliantly oriented display of tight flame and birdseye, with the former cascading down the fore of the bowl, and plenty of the latter to fill up the aft and top of the shank. With a ring set into the mortise-face for added stability and a bit of flash, it's sure to be a jewel of your collection.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.92 in./124.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.67 in./17.02 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Sweden
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