Silver Gray: Smooth Acorn Hawk with NAP Stem Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-775-0061
A bold, hearty design from Silver Gray, this Acorn Hawk is yet another interpretation of the American carver's signature Hawkbill rendition. Rather than an Apple, Egg, or Ball-like bowl, this rendition features a bulbous Acorn, its rim crowned in plateau and the "spur" comprising a small, rectangular panel, which broadens and supports the iconic, deeply curved shank. The stummel is dressed in a warm, auburn stain, highlighting beautiful birdseye along the pipe's underside and just beneath the rim on all flanks, while fiery licks of flame can be seen ascending from the heel. This piece is also fitted with one of the carver's hand-cut versions of Charles Peterson's NAP stem, the tan and black brindled saddle mouthpiece complementing the hues of the stummel.
One of Charles Peterson's most iconic patents was for the P-Lip design in 1898, still used today across Peterson's portfolio, but what many don't know is that he also patented another mouthpiece design six years later: the NAP stem, which appeared in Peterson's 1906 catalog only to fade into obscurity and eventual discontinuance in 1928. An almost forgotten innovation, the NAP stem featured a unique button that distributes smoke across the palate via five individual slots from the airway and a "clamshell" design with vents at each side and a horizontal gap at the front. Such engineering won't allow the stem to pass a pipe cleaner, but the idea behind the NAP stem is that, unlike the P-Lip which orients smoke upward across the roof of the mouth, smoke is distributed evenly across the palate. Silver has been fashioning NAP stems by hand since 2019, revitalizing the design, and detailed accounts of her process and of the results can be found at Mark Irwin's renowned Peterson Pipe Notes blog. Cutting such a stem is a time-consuming process, requiring much hands-on work and is a wonderful addition to this stylish Acorn Hawk design.-Angela Robertson
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.97 in./151.64 mm.
- Weight: 3.10 oz./88.00 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.95 in./74.93 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Acorn/Pear
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States