Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Stack Billiard with Bakelite (King of Clubs) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-777-0119

While some more whimsical creations do appear in his portfolio, Ryan Alden of Texas tends to favor bold, precise renditions of classic shapes, a penchant clearly preset in this noble straight Stack. We have only received two Stacks from him before, a Dublin and a Cutty, this one hewing closest to English pipe charts of the the three, presenting a towering Billiard bowl with a bit of Danish rounding to its sides, and cheeking at the transition. An arrow-straight shank-and-stem combination stretch out back, lending the profile decided angularity, delivered with unabashed precision.

Ryan has given it a ruddy sandblast, the better to admire a dense cross-grain orientation in the briar, dressing both flanks in a wealth of blasted birsdeye. The stem is a carefully hand-shaped vulcanite saddle configuration, with a sunny yellow accent of Bakelite gracing its base with contrasting color. Boasting a chamber well past two inches in depth, and a length almost six, its precise shaping keeps the pipe surprisingly light, making for a delightful piece of functional art.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.54 in./140.72 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.66 in./67.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.37 in./60.20 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Chimney
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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