Manduela: Smooth Bulldog with Musk Ox Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-747-0029

When she was a teenager, Manduela Riger-Kusk apprenticed under Poul Ilsted, and at first her mentoring consisted of meticulous, laborious tasks, such as polishing stems, mixing stains, and serving as a general assistant for whatever Ilsted needed. Eventually, Poul tasked Manduela with fashioning dice at the shaping wheel, and she was made to repeat this process ad nauseam until her understanding of facets and line work were refined. This repetitive training is reflected in Manduela's shaping style to this day, as the artisian, while possessing an obvious penchant for the sleek, minimalist style of the Danish tradition, often implements crisp line work and paneled facets in her work, giving her designs something of an architectural aesthetic.

This straight Bulldog is one such shape, and it cuts a lengthy, streamlined profile that diverges from Manduela's typical fondness for compact designs. The squat, muscular bowl tapers gradually beneath the form's characteristic beadline to a firm, pointed heel, flanked on either side by a facet, courtesy of the firm lines of the diamond shank that extend through the transition. The domed rim offers a touch of soft roundness that offsets the sharp lines of the composition. The shank extends from the low-slung transition, and while it retains a diamond shank, it is considerably more flattened than seen in more traditional renditions of the shape, keeping the overall design quite subdued. The stummel wears a handsome, traditional smooth finish that showcases some stunning whorls of birdseye across the rim and tight tendrils of flame grain across either flank of the bowl. A shimmering accent of musk ox horn adorns the stem base, adding a dose of flash to the pipe's reserved color palette for added visual appeal.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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