Todd Johnson: Smooth Cup and Ball with Leather Wrapped Shank and Bakelite (Hoplite)

Product Number: 002-194-0109

With a portfolio that boasts aluminum accentwork, 24K gold leaf, and a pipe fashioned from a genuine Nautilus shell, it's safe to say that Todd Johnson is not the sort of pipemaker to rest on his laurels. Here, he's fashioned another of his stellar leather-wrapped pieces, in this case a rendition of his own Cup and Ball shape. In this case, it's one of his more muscular interpretations too, with a broad, bold Dublin/Acorn hybrid bowl leading gracefully to an equally powerful, flared shank and stem combination. Well, I should probably say more powerful, as it's here dressed in a creamy sheath of olive leather, bound with ruby-red stitching to complement the warm-hued, matte-like contrast employed here. Todd's opted to accent it with an appropriately vibrant crimson bakelite at the shank's end, with a domed saddle of the stuff as well, in swirled, shimmering grey-blue. Leather wrapped pipes may have been around for some time, but it takes a visionary carver like Todd Johnson to aid in bringing them to the 21st Century. Cool stuff.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.70 in./170.18 mm.
  • Weight: 4.58 oz./129.73 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.34 in./59.44 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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