Manduela: Smooth Long Shank Bulldog with Musk Ox Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-747-0028

Manduela Riger-Kusk is renowned for deftly engineered panels across her pipe designs. This signature aesthetic honors Poul Ilsted, a iconic pipe maker under whom Manduela apprenticed and who was known for his faceted work. During her apprenticeship, Manduela was required first to hand-carve six-sided dice of perfect symmetry and smoothness, and such training and practice is exemplified particularly in her Bulldog renditions — especially this long-shanked version.

The Bulldog is an inherently paneled shape, being defined in most part by its diamond shank. However, to stretch those panels to considerable length requires the handiwork and skills of a veteran craftsperson like Manduela. This pipe is over eight inches in length, yet the paneled shank doesn't deviate at all in its crisp, arrow-straight nature, the six panels comprising its surface perfectly uniform. The two facets forming the shank's underside extend into the heel for a pointed, angular aesthetic that resembles a ship's prow, and that angularity is matched by the bowl's upward flare. Meeting the shape's characteristic beadlines that flare, it then transitions into a demure taper at the rim, completing the entire design's architectural motif. Dressed in a ruby-tinged, Bruyere-like stain, the stummel showcases alluring vertical grain across the bowl, as well as through the shank's length, with birdseye above and below. The panels of the shank continue into the abbreviated stem, gradually diminishing with the mouthpiece's tapering diminution, and it's accented by a shimmering section of musk ox horn, its marbled texture adding intrigue and elegance to the color palette.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.14 in./206.76 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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