Kent Rasmussen: Sandblasted Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-287-0221

Minimalist elegance is personified in this bent Dublin from Kent Rasmussen, a pipe maker renowned for mastery of line and form as well as his sculptural style. It's a piece that's well on the reserved end for the Danish artisan, reflecting his appreciation for classic shapes, and it noticeably forgoes his conventional use of accenting materials, opting to allow the briar's natural grain and the superb shaping to remain the focal points. Crafting a piece like this takes restraint and skill, requiring a keen eye for proportional balance and knowing how to effectively utilize lines to bring cohesion to the overall composition. These are all things that Kent Rasmussen excels at, and that excellence is certainly evident in this design.

It's a graceful, flowing rendition that's Horn-like in its execution, exhibiting an effortless, sweeping gesture from bit to rim. The deep, curling transition offers ample room for the thumb to comfortably rest and leads seamlessly into the flaring bowl. The grain orientation aligns perfectly with the bowl's shaping, with waves of ring grain creeping up the flanks and rising with the characteristic flare of the Dublin shape. The broad rim is gently inflated, working with the stem's elegant downturn to further soften the piece's profile. While Kent's more complex and architectural shapes receive plenty of praise (and deservedly so), this Dublin exemplifies the Danish artisan's immense talent with traditional forms and will be a treasured member of any collection.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.10 in./129.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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