Scott Klein: Smooth Blowfish with Bamboo (Signature)

Product Number: 002-517-0101

One of only four "Signature" pieces we've ever received from Scott, this Blowfish features the American carver's highest grade designation. It's a piece rife with flowing organicism and a natural rhythm that urges forward from bit to fore. Beginning at the shank, Klein has extended it with three upward curling knuckles of bamboo, connected to the stem via a sturdy, metal tenon. The dark hue of the natural material keeps the color palette more reserved than were it of the pale variety, transitioning well between the jet-black mouthpiece and walnut hue of the contrast-stained stummel. Not only does the S-curve transition easily into the stummel through its color, but also in the rhythm of the bamboo knuckles, as they're combined with the saddle portion of the stem for consistent and even spacing, accentuating the piece's visual momentum.

At the bowl, then, Scott's Signature grade becomes readily apparent. The characteristic "fins" around the transition are pulled out from the form but don't extend below the shank's implied line. This keeps things tight and reserved in profile — the silhouette resembling that of a squashed Egg. Also, said fins bear diminutive panels at their edges, curling up the bowl before tapering and traveling around the fore as crisp ridgelines. This allows the rounded flanks to bulge out when viewed aerially, resulting in quite the dynamic profile from above and below. From these angles, a consistent band of perfectly parallel cross grain wraps the entire middle of the bowl, dressed in a tiger-striped contrast stain that's absolutely stunning. Such exacting grain orientation positions birdseye at both sides. There's nothing mixed about the grain — the whorls of birdseye are expansive and incredibly tight-knit, making it easy to lose oneself in the dizzying array. When it comes to the Blowfish shape, I can't see how Scott could have fashioned this piece more beautifully and more perfectly, it's a hallmark pipe that's ready to be the centerpiece of any collection.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.44 in./138.18 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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