Jared Coles: Partially Sandblasted Acorn with Bamboo (1916)

Product Number: 002-738-0053

While a pipe can be inherently beautiful, I find that added context regarding certain shaping cues and design motifs can make an already beautiful pipe all the more attractive as well as inspire a deeper relationship with the briar and respect for the maker. Such is this case with this Jared Coles Acorn.

Jared has hinted at a design aspect that was used a few time in the '60s by Lars Ivarsson and Jørn Micke. The cue was a sort of inverted approach to Sixten Ivarsson's famed teardrop line. In Sixten's work, a teardrop-shaped shank would result in a ridgeline that the Danish master continued through the bowl, often all the way to the rim. What Lars and Jørn did, though, was instead of shaping a ridgeline, they would fashion an indent through the bowl, the form curling inward into a line rather than upward into a ridge.

Coles takes that idea and couples it with a similar knuckle of bamboo. The left side of the bowl's fore features that aforementioned indentation, having been light-stained to draw focus and make it seem as though the smooth polished rim is cascading in a waterfall down the bowl. It's echoed, then, by an identical groove in the bamboo, streaking down the left side in a taper. Jared boasts impressive compositional awareness in this piece, nodding to great pipemakers of the past in a shape that even slightly resembles some of Sixten's Acorn iterations.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.98 in./126.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.57 oz./44.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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