Kent Rasmussen: Sandblasted Billiard

Product Number: 002-287-0220

Kent Rasmussen's style is often associated with intricate, sculptural pipe designs, undoubtedly a product of his formal education in engineering and architecture. The Danish artisan often crafts elaborate Freehand shapes that utilize playful, precise lines and rarely renders traditional interpretations of shape chart standards. However, that rarity isn't because Rasmussen isn't capable of crafting such pieces as this Billiard aptly demonstrates his immense talent and meticulous attention to detail, delivering an exquisite rendition of one of pipedom's most iconic shapes.

This Billiard incorporates several conventional shaping cues associated with Danish pipe making such as the bowl's lifted heel, the subtle taper toward the rim, and just the right amount of cheeking around the transition to support the curvaceousness of the bowl's base. Even the sandblasted finish hints at the Danish-style, being light-depth but revealing a plethora of outstanding grain with the ruddy stain showcasing each individual wave of ring grain that trickles down the bowl's flanks. On most Danish Billiards that are sandblasted, many carvers will shape the rim so that it's softly inflated and leave it smooth. Here, Kent has also sandblasted the rim and chamfered it so that it curves inward toward the chamber. It's a subtle touch that works exceptionally well on this piece as the crisp line around the rim is mirrored by the expansion disc along the base of the saddle stem. What's more, the red and black tones of the cumberland mouthpiece perfectly complement the stummel's coloration, further bringing cohesion to the overall composition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.89 in./124.21 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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