Smio Satou: Smooth 'Christmas' Dublin Sitter

Product Number: 002-142-0434

A good number of workshops and makers of factory pipes adhere to the tradition of an annual Christmas pipe. This makes sense, as briars and the holiday season tend to go hand in hand. That trend seems to decrease, however, among makers of artisanal smokers, with the exception of the occasional festive commission piece. Enter the brilliant and ambitious Smio Satou, Japanese carver extraordinaire.

In something of a playful turn, Satou opted to fashion a pipe just for Yuletide enjoyment, though it's such a gorgeous offering, I can readily imagine enjoying it all year round. A solidly-grounded Dublin Sitter, it presents a dramatic sense of flare from heel to rim, the bowl itself compressed about the midsection, making for a profile that's almost lenticular from above. The low-sitting transition and muscular oval-shaped shank arches elegantly from the base, throwing a bit more visual weight to the bowl in profile. And as for the finish, it's a treatment the carver is undeniably proud of, being a rich, ruby stain that took some time to perfect to Satou's rigorous standards. He paired it here with a creamy forest green stem, making for an arrangement that, while certainly festive, is understated enough to enjoy in whichever halls you like, decked or not.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.98 in./151.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.06 in./26.92 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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