Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Paneled Billiard (King of Clubs)

Product Number: 002-777-0070

When Ryan Alden fashions a Foursquare, he does so in bold, imposing style, never skimping on structure and increased dimensions. As such, his renditions exude a classic English style and offer house pipe-worthy proportions. This particular one is a perfect example — on par with a Dunhill Group 6 or 800-series "ODA" and exhibiting the stolid, sturdy-sitting charm that has made the design such a staple within classically inclined pipe collections. All that said, though this piece features a bowl that exceeds two inches tall, paired to a similarly robust shank, the overall weight remains deceptively light, resting easily in hand and offering a presence that's comfortable, rather than cumbersome. This comfort is furthered, then, by the shape's characteristic panels, adding texture to the light-depth sandblast. The shape itself is right in line with Alden's previous iterations, but this one wears a low-gloss, jet-black stain accented by a brindled vulcanite stem of vivid indigo and Kelly green hues — a noticeably more striking presentation compared to the American carver's previous chocolate brown and cumberland aesthetic.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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