Scottie Piersel: Sandblasted Pencil Shank Brandy

Product Number: 002-786-0100

Lovingly dubbed the "Driving Scottie" by the carver herself, this piece from Scottie Piersel offers her signature pencil-shanked "Scottie" design in a more compact form. Its short length and lightweight style encourages hands free smoking during daily activities, such as driving, presenting the American artisan's recognizable approach in a more pocket-friendly arrangement. The Brandy bowl is remarkably broad and garners much of the piece's visual focus, subtly tapering from its plump, low-set waistline up toward the beveled rim.

The bowl's commanding presence is further accentuated by the almost impossibly slender shank and stem that follows behind it. And despite the shank's seemingly delicate disposition, its been reinforced with a stainless steel tube throughout, the stem attaching to the mortise via a reverse tenon arrangement. It's a common feature on Piersel's pencil-shanked pieces, ensuring durability and demonstrating her belief that functionality is the most important aspect of pipe making. The sandblasted finish worn by this piece is also quite noteworthy since it's one of the craggiest we've seen from Scottie and provides an abundance of rugged texture in hand with the rim is left smooth and stained a rich walnut hue to contrast. The shank end is then accented by a trim ivorite band, while the brindled vulcanite stem gradually expands toward the button, its deep blue and black tones complementing the stummel's dark stain quite nicely.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.16 in./131.06 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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