Jody Davis: Smooth Crosscut with Cocobolo (Cardinal) (A23) (52) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-718-0082

Jody Davis is perhaps one of the best American artisans active today, and certainly one of the most well-respected, but he is not only that, he is also a member of Grammy-nominated rock group Newsboys, who have a cumulative four gold records under their belt. Davis is a man of many talents, that goes without saying, but his journey as an artisan began as many do: with a passion for pipes and smoking. After making his first piece and showing it to one Keith Moore, Moore realized the potential that Davis had and put him into contact with legendary Danish artisan Jess Chonowitsch, who showed Davis some of his methods and shared his sources for materials. At this point Jody began to immerse himself in carving, dedicating himself to the craft and later working with J.T. Cooke in his Vermont workshop for a week, all of which contributed to his incredible depth of knowledge and refined his eye for detail.

This Crosscut is one of Davis' most intriguing pipes, being a Freehand piece that's reminiscent of the Blowfish and possessed of an utterly unique profile that stands alone in Davis' portfolio. A robust and lengthy pipe with ample substance about its stummel, the first thing about this piece that stands out is its impressively stout bowl. Said bowl takes on an ovoid shape and cants out of a wide transition, from the left flank showcasing an Egg-like silhouette which is thoroughly rounded, fitting comfortably in hand. At the right flank of the bowl, the rounded walls are punctuated by a firm, crisp panel in the center, rounded by a firm ridgeline that belies the curved structure of the panel itself: a rare feature that's seldom seen in pipes that feature panels such as this. In addition, there's further separation between the left and right flank that's offered by a longer ridgeline which starts from the right side of the transition and rises, curving through the left flank of the rim and around to the right of the bowl's fore. From this ridge, the briar tapers slightly into the panel, curving as it does and enhancing the soft feel of the briar. A wide transition here gives way to a tapering, lifting shank that meets an accent of cocobolo and a black vulcanite saddle stem whose base is accented with the same wood. Dressed in a vibrant orange stain, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain, with cross grain wrapping the midsection and hollowed taper on the right flank of the bowl, while the left side displays a vast ocean of birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.36 in./161.54 mm.
  • Weight: 2.78 oz./78.93 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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