Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Author (Queen of Hearts)

Product Number: 002-777-0040

Ryan Alden is a carver with an especially fervent penchant toward classic English shapes, testified to by his portfolio of traditional pipe chart standards, including a number Billiard varieties — Lovats, Foursquares, and even a bent Billiard inspired by Dunhill's "LC" shape. Here, the American artisan goes a slightly different direction yet still remains within the classic English œuvre, having rendered a hearty Author, a design that's less often seen among artisan carvers. An inherently robust design, marked by a squat, plump bowl and muscular transition, Alden's take on it is made all the larger thanks to an elongated stem that flares consistently through the shank before transitioning into the palm-filling bowl. The large proportions are balanced out, though, by the silhouette's gracile curvature, calling to mind the profile of many a Rad Davis pipe. Dressed in one of Ryan's deftly executed sandblasts, it offers an intriguing texture in hand, while the dark stain is paired beautifully to a cumberland stem of deep, forest green and accenting hues of cerulean.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.45 in./163.83 mm.
  • Weight: 2.43 oz./68.95 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.17 in./29.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Author
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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