Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Tomato with Silver (King of Clubs) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-777-0118

Texas-based artisan Ryan Alden is no stranger to classic Anglo-French design, and this is appropriate, given the English provenance of his name, which crossed the Atlantic ocean on the Mayflower in 1620. Much of his portfolio is made up of timeless profiles and traditional silhouettes, though he is no stranger to more contemporary shapes either, feeling equally at home crafting them as well. That makes pieces like this Tomato all the more exciting, as it acts as a seamless bridge between the two styles, fusing the more modern, Danish Tomato shape with the Prince. I can't really express just how much I love the Tomato shape, but this pipe does a good job of showing why, as the plump bowl that sits perched at the end of its gently curling shank and stem provide a phenomenal place to grasp, with enough mass to be comfortable, but so squat that it can be held with two fingers. The shank itself is lightly upturned leading into a broad band of gleaming silver before ebbing into a demure cumberland stem, one which matches excellently with the earthy, auburn sandblast that dresses the stummel. As a profile, this pipe just brims with personality and charm, and the rippling growth rings that quaver up the bowl only enhance its attractiveness, creating this rugged elegance that truly elevates the pipe as a whole, as if the practically pastoral were waltzing with the gracefully refined in perfect step.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.75 in./146.05 mm.
  • Weight: 1.22 oz./34.47 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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