Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Nosewarmer Billiard (Queen of Hearts)

Product Number: 002-777-0080

Preposterously light in hand, this Billiard from Ryan Alden may be short in length, but it's full-sized in bowl proportions and height, and irresistible for pocket carry, though it's a pipe of such elevated visual interest that it should remain visible. The blast is a new experience for me, with a forward-inclined, windswept character in cross grain orientation that at first made me think of morta, but it lacks the geometrical grain of morta and is certainly briar. I suspect Ryan has been optimizing his sandblasting technique and has here used an angle of approach different from the customary. The piece is further highlighted by a vulcanite saddle stem streaked with black and a subdued, understated moss. The rim is sandblasted on its outside perimeter but smooth for the chamfered interior ring around the tobacco chamber. It's an impressive piece with big visual appeal in a small, practical form, and by one of the most important American carvers currently building a reputation.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.06 in./103.12 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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