Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Bent Apple (Queen of Hearts)

Product Number: 002-777-0061

A compact sandblasted Apple, this piece reveals remarkable shaping around the bowl and transition, maintaining the Apple-esque quality of the bowl while the lenticular shank expands both vertically and horizontally from the bowl. The blast is craggy and pleasant in hand, and the growth rings consistently climb the bowl in what I'd love to call ring grain but in reality it doesn't quite strike that chord. The rim is smooth and rounded, the only smooth portion of the stummel except for the nomenclature panel on the underside. Imagine this Apple if the shank had been cylindrical and straight, what a different pipe it would have been. With this shank treatment, though, the piece takes on all kinds of pleasing visual complexity, and makes it even more irresistible for dropping into a pocket whenever you leave the house.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.82 in./122.43 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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