Mike Sebastian Bay: Smooth Curved Poker

Product Number: 002-820-0040

When artisan carvers reinterpret classic shapes, such renditions can vary dramatically in their degree of departure from the traditional archetype. Sometimes a carver changes multiple aspects, effectively creating a new design completely unique to itself; other times, a pipe's aspect might be subtly changed, maintaining the base form but with stylish nuance. This Poker rendition is one we've seen from Mike Sebastian Bay before, and what I love about this version is how dramatically the original Poker form is changed by just one simple alteration: It remains a minimalist interpretation, yet one that's decidedly unique and set apart from the classic design. Typically, when a Poker cants forward, as this Bay piece does, it's because the flattened heel is angled. Mike plays with that design cue in this piece, and instead, the heel and lower bowl are perfectly perpendicular to the surface on which this pipe stands; however, the bowl suddenly angles forward at the transition, creating a curved posture in profile. It's a simple alteration, but one that's immediately eye-catching. The expansion disc at the stem base adds subtly accenting line work, while visual focus in maintained at the bowl's stunning flame grain.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.24 in./133.10 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.47 in./62.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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