Larry Roush: Partially Sandblasted Billiard with Silver (S4) (2486)

Product Number: 002-830-0024

Fashioned from a briar block that was aged in his workshop for over a decade, this Larry Roush Billiard is a noticeable departure from his massive, neoclassically inclined pieces. The American carver was initially unsure of how he could utilize these smaller blocks, and allowed them to mature until the proper design or inspiration came along. Make no mistake though, this example has plenty of stoutness to its shaping and is a hearty take on the shape-chart standard, balanced by the elegantly tapering shank and stem combination out back. As a pipemaker, Larry has quite a deep respect and love of classic English factory-made pipes, having been initially drawn to the craft by his collection of vintage Barlings and Charatans. That certainly manifests itself here in this Billiard, which also displays an Italian-esque firmness to its heel and muscular shaping to the bowl, hinting at Roush's love of Castello pipes and the Northern Italian school of pipemaking.

The poised Billiard bowl is an absolute delight to wrap your hand around, not only because of the bowl's beefy proportions, but also because of the crisp, skillful sandblasting that has been a staple of Larry's work for years. There's no shortage of ring grain on display as countless waves of the stuff climb up the bowl before meeting the smooth polished ruby-tinged rim. It's complemented wonderfully by the cumberland stem with its alluring mix of red and black colors. Larry is also an accomplished former jeweler and does all his own silver work, accenting this piece with a bright band of sterling silver around the shank. If you've been interested experiencing one of Roush's finely crafted pipes but desire a briar that's trimmer and more lightweight compared to his typical fare, this might be the perfect opportunity.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.63 in./143.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.57 oz./44.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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