Brad Pohlmann: Smooth Lars Blowfish with Cocobolo

Product Number: 002-381-0115

Asymmetry is a difficult thing to execute. More accurately: asymmetry is a difficult thing to execute purposefully. That isn't to say it's particularly difficult to render a shape asymmetrically, but it is quite difficult to impart asymmetry into a shape, while making it appear purposeful. Brad has, very clearly, accomplished this, with each easy line giving way to a differing grain pattern, and each smoothly-rolling curve accentuated by the licks of flame and birdseye it defines. What elevates this piece above the fold though, to my eye, is Brad's magnificent display of subtlety.

Teardrop shanks are increasingly common nowadays, with many-a-pipemaker making use of the familiar Ivarsson-esque ridge which trails from shank end to bowl. So often, though, it seems forced: imparted upon the shape as a means of lending it additional dynamism, drawing attention toward a particularly plump bowl (for example), or simply because the carver wanted to make one. That isn't to say that's particularly the wrong way to go about it, though it often seems as if the maker took great pains to implement it properly. Not here.

Brad's use of the teardrop is seemingly effortless, riding the shank as if gracefully sliding through the transition to arrive on time at its necessary juncture at the rim. It makes its presence known, and then just as effortlessly, becomes one with the bowl itself. A softly chamfered rim is tickled with the lightest bit of birdseye, supported by licks of flame all around. The transition is neatly pinched, emphasizing the forward-thrust, gestural silhouette, and making for a feel in hand that's comfortable, while also substantial. A gorgeous display of brilliant subtlety.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.02 in./127.51 mm.
  • Weight: 2.34 oz./66.22 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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