Mike Sebastian Bay: Smooth Acorn with Buffalo Horn
Product Number: 002-820-0059
Mike Sebastian Bay learned how to make pipes in the workshop of none other than Tom Eltang, eventually becoming Eltang's apprentice and continuing a rich tradition of Danish pipe making. This full-bodied Acorn displays a lot of the design cues I expect from the Danish school of pipe design, with a plump bowl, conical at the top like a Rhodesian, a gradual transition, and a shank that first tapers then flares at the end.
Bay has leveraged his personal creativity to further elevate the design, adding a cleverly concave ridgeline that sweeps along the right flank of the stummel from rim to shank end. The bespoke linework continues into a thin black accent ring and flaring horn ferrule, lending an organic aesthetic both understated and well-rendered. Mike followed the grain expertly, and employed a brilliant contrast stain and smooth finish to put dense striations of flame grain on full display. I can pick out three distinct colors, with a black understain standing out well amidst orange and light auburn hues. The motif pairs well with the dark hues of the horn accent, while a lithely bent and tapered vulcanite stem featuring a trim expansion ring adds further elegance.- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.21 in./132.33 mm.
- Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Acorn/Pear
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark