Jody Davis: Sandblasted Horn with Artisanal Vulcanite (Friar) (B24) (15) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-718-0095

Jody Davis is among the few artisans responsible for the current success and prestige that pipe making in the US now enjoys. Throughout the '70s and '80s, many American pipe makers looked to Italy for pipe design inspiration or riffed off of the Danish Fancy Freehand style that was especially popular in that time period. The '90s and '00s, though, saw a shift, with American artisans utilizing shaping methods and design aspects of Danish artisans who had adopted and adapted Sixten Ivarsson's "shape first, drill second" approach. Jody Davis was one of those pioneering American artisans, and he has since inspired and taught a number of current American carvers. As such, much of today's American artisan pipe-making aesthetic is informed by Davis's personal design style, riffing off of the Danish greats he admired through the '90s and early '00s.

The Horn is a genteel yet striking shape, gradually expanding and curving through the shank into the Dublin-like bowl. Numerous versions of the shape exist, and this example by Davis is among the most standard and true to the shape's archetypal form. One of the Horn's appealing aspects is the negative space created above the transition between the bowl's aft and the shank's top side, and in this piece, the rim curls just over the transition, adding extra curvature to that negative space and also offering a comfortably held posture. Dressed in a natural sandblast, the briar will darken as this piece is smoked, and Davis has accented it with an absolutely stunning and completely unique, hand-cut vulcanite stem: It displays myriad colors in a distinctive color palette that differs from typically striated, brindled vulcanite in favor of a more swirled, mosaic-like pattern. Davis personally sourced this specific vulcanite rod from artisan vulcanite maker Anton Wewecz Soedibjo, and it's a remarkable accenting touch for an equally remarkable pipe.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.12 in./28.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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