Mike Sebastian Bay: Rusticated Brandy with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-820-0051

I really enjoy when an artisan takes a classic shape and makes it their own, as Mike Sebastian Bay has done with this straight Brandy. The Danish carver apprenticed under Tom Eltang and clearly draws inspiration from Eltang's popular design cues, exhibited in this piece with the bowl perched with a forward cant at the end of a lithe, arrow-straight shank accented by a triple knuckle of pale bamboo. A touch I especially admire is the way the curvature of the base of the jet-black acrylic stem mirrors that of the bamboo, continuing the profile all the way until it gives way to a deftly hand-cut saddle mouthpiece. Seen from above, the same curvature continues behind the initial flare, widening to an elegant fishtail without breaking the line of the curve. The curvature of the bamboo is again mirrored with the abbreviated briar at the transition, the curvature of the bamboo knuckle sweeping downward across a thin black accent band before rebounding gracefully to meet the dark expanse of the bowl.

The briar at the transition and on the inflated rim wears a warm contrast stain and smooth finish, both doing well to accentuate the rustication framed between. The ripples and black stain that dress the bowl are among Tom Eltang's popular signature finishes, and, with Eltang's permission, Bay puts them to excellent use here, providing great finger traction and exquisite detail for the eyes and fingertips to explore. Weighing only 20 grams, with a lithely-shaped and hand-funneled saddle stem, this pipe promises top-notch clenching potential and a comfortable draw. It's small enough to easily slip into a pocket, but I can't imagine putting this pipe anywhere out of sight for long.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.20 in./132.08 mm.
  • Weight: 0.80 oz./22.68 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.18 in./29.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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