Jody Davis: Sandblasted Billiard with Boxwood (Friar) (C24) (05) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-718-0097

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.

Much of Davis's pipe-making aesthetic and, thus, that of many American artisans overall, involves classic designs imbued with a stronger sense of muscularity and robustness yet in a soft and supple as opposed to a harsh or brutal manner. This Billiard well personifies that design language. The general nature of the traditional Billiard is maintained, but the shank and lower bowl are noticeably enhanced by a stouter demeanor. It results in a design that's recognizably American and inherently Davis, with this particular example dressed in a dark sandblast and accented by a modern, green-brindled vulcanite stem with a boxwood base.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.48 in./139.19 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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