Silver Gray: Sandblasted Hawkbill Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-775-0075

Alongside her partner Brad Pohlmann, Silver Gray has been making pipes out of her shop in Applegate, Oregon for more than a decade. It was through Pohlmann that she first entered the pipe-making world, with her developing an admiration for the craft after he invited her to his workshop, where she began by carving hearts out of scrap briar to gain an understanding of the material. Prior to making pipes, Gray was no stranger to handmade work, having made quilts and sewed clothes in her spare time for years. After practicing and researching, Gray would begin carving her own pipes from scratch, with her work drawing much inspiration from Danish designers such as Sixten Ivarsson. Her style is characterized by an exacting and meticulous approach, owing to her background as an accountant. As such, many of her pieces incorporate paneled arrangements, diamond shanks, and crisp line work.

While more typically seen in Italian pipe making, the Hawkbill shape has seen many interpretations within Silver Gray's portfolio, with this piece here illustrating the carver's pristine sense of line through the form's aquiline figure. A plump, Egg-like bowl is posed at the fore of the composition, formed by supple walls reaching high as they curve from the firm heel toward the flat, slightly slanted rim. From the transition, a muscular diamond shank emerges with a strong arc and meets a gently downturned, tapered stem of swirling green vulcanite, the pair offering a comfortable smoking posture. Dressing the stummel is a crisp, chestnut-hued sandblast that reveals rippling growth rings wrapping around the bowl.

- Joshua Carroll
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.49 in./139.45 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Hawkbill
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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