Tao: Smooth Bulldog with Antique Whale Tooth

Product Number: 002-748-0011

Compact in length and tight-knit of proportions, this straight Bulldog from Tao Nielsen exemplifies much of his style of shaping. A well-rounded and low-slung bowl wears its bead lines near the waist, while the diamond shank's panels flow into the lower edges of bowl and heel alike, making for a crisp-lined presentation. A trim saddle-stem helps to balance its visual weight, as well, bringing a comfortable termination to all of the elements at play. As always, his use of detail is exquisite — the shape itself complemented by the warm contrast stain, which highlights plenty of tight birdseye and windswept grain alike. At the stem, too, a combination of elements, including a band of antique whale tooth, off-white in hue, and a brindled vulcanite stem in darker, more subdued colors. As a whole, it's a stunning piece, and one that will make for both a beautiful and comfortable smoker.

- Rachel DuBose

*While the harvesting of whales is most often thought of in terms of the once widespread whaling industry, small-scale, localized whale hunts have been central to Faroese life since the North Atlantic islands were settled by the Norse, circa 800 A.D. With a climate and soil wholly unsuited to supporting life by farming crops, those who lived on the Faroe Islands learned to subsist upon pilot whale, sheep, seabirds, and fish. The rich meat and blubber of the pilot whale was (and still is) the most important, the annual catch to this day being divided communally then stored, prepared or preserved in Faorese households (in other words, you won't find it in a Faroe Islands supermarket, nor do they export any of it).

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.70 in./119.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.82 oz./51.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.13 in./28.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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