Jared Coles: Smooth Gondola Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-738-0113

Jared Coles discovered the world of high grade pipes when studying at college, and has been obsessed ever since. Coles draws significant inspiration from the Japanese school, particularly admiring Kei-ichi Gotoh and Hiroyuki Tokutomi, while also receiving advice and instruction from American greats Todd Johnson and Jeff Gracik. Coles crafts everything from exotic Freehands to shape-chart standards, and uses a variety of accenting materials to imbue his pipes with a unified aesthetic.

The Gondola shape was initially pioneered by Hiroyuki Tokutomi, one of many shapes created by the Japanese master that went onto inspire countless pipe makers. Here, Jared Coles presents his interpretation of the Gondola. The bowl is quite similar to the Fan shape, the broad flanks showcasing a sweeping array of flame grain as they taper to the fore and create a pronounced point. From the fore, a ridgeline runs directly downward, splitting in two right at the lifted heel and forming an arcing, rectangular ridge along the underside that frames a lengthy strip of tightly-packed birdseye. The underside and flanks seamlessly transition into the shank, which curls upward to an asymmetrical shank face that mimics the flow of a cresting wave. Furthermore, a vulcanite saddle stem ascends at a dramatic upward angle, which creates a comfortable smoking posture that allows one to clutch the entire stummel in their palm.

Moreover, the rim is particularly eye-catching on this piece. The curling shank and sharp fore frame the rim in a teardrop shape, while some subtle asymmetry sees the left flank rise barely higher than the right. Furthermore, the rim is dressed in a subdued sandblast, its wiry texture easily mistakable for a rustication at first glance, while the jet-black hues offer a visual contrast against the chestnut smooth finish on the stummel. Additionally, the inner rim is gently raised and dressed in a flourish of smooth finish, its rugged outline adding to the composition's organic flair.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.06 in./153.92 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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