Michael Parks: Sandblasted Pencil Shank Liverpool (IV.17) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-473-0080

While he does occasionally utilize a sanding disk and other machinery for shaping, the majority of Michael Parks designs are realized by hand. In his classic designs specifically, Michael sits down with a block of briar, draws a series of lines, then uses a number of files to slowly grind away excess briar until he's achieved the desired shape. The level of detail and symmetry he's able to achieve with hand-files alone is remarkable, especially in trim, slender designs such as this Pencil Shank Liverpool — pieces in which any irregularity would stick out, frankly, like a sore thumb. On top of that, Parks' sandblasts are some of the most impressive around — their extra craggy, rugged texture and shade calling to mind the look of the older Dunhill Shells so prized by collectors the world over. This Liverpool is a fine example of both Parks' unique shaping and finishing techniques, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

- Andrew Wike
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.02 in./152.91 mm.
  • Weight: 0.64 oz./18.14 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.64 in./16.26 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Liverpool
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Canada
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