Jody Davis: Smooth Fish with Mammoth (Cardinal) (A23) (61) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-718-0087

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.

We've seen a number of Fish variations from Jody Davis in the past, many of which bear resemblance to this piece, a pipe that fuses its namesake profile with elements of the Egg, making for a silhouette that's both subtly structured and pleasingly soft in hand. A wide transition here gives way to a lifting, curling shank that flares out gently toward the end, meeting a broad accent of pale mammoth that's been hollow-carved slightly to allow the stem to nestle in snugly. Said stem is a trim, demurely curved saddle of cumberland, one that's poised for comfortable smoking and affords the composition an elegant posture, its base here accented with a firm expansion ring. Up front, the bowl stands atop a sweeping, slightly lifted heel and flares out slightly toward a mid-set waistline before making an arcing taper to the rim, the contours of its supple curves offering a comfortable feel in hand as the walls reach toward a chamfered rim. On the left flank of the stummel, a single ridgeline runs from the transition to the rim, following the underside of the shank and curving around at the fore, introducing some firmness in the hand. This ridge doesn't start at the shank end, but rather manifests immediately at the far end of a triangular section of plateau at the left underside of the shank. While the actual ridge doesn't start until the plateau ends, the edge of the plateau maintains an implied line across the left flank which keeps the look of the ridge consistent. Further underscoring Davis' talent in carving is the unique treatment he's given the mammoth accent, being carved and stylized to resemble the plateau present immediately next to it. Dressed in a warm, vibrant stain, the stummel here showcases stunning grain, with windswept flame across the right flank, birdseye at the underside, and a pattern on the left that's reminiscent of birdseye striated at their tops with flame.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.01 in./127.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.98 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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