Todd Johnson: Smooth Acorn (Phalanx) (Q)

Product Number: 002-194-0122

Whenever Todd Johnson crafts an Acorn shape, you can almost guarantee it'll be something truly special that highlights Todd's meticulous eye for detail and uniquely creative vision. The American artisan has fashioned renditions that showcase dual finishes, vibrant color palettes, and even created one that was covered in 24K gold leaf. There's simply no way of telling what Johnson will create next as each individual piece is unlike the last, demonstrating his versatility and penchant for pushing boundaries within in the craft. Here, Todd has produced one of his more straightforward yet more overtly organically inspired takes on the shape. This particular example immediately calls to mind Lars Ivarrson's signature Cup and Ball design that utilizes a ridgeline to further demarcate the bowl from the shank. The ridgeline is primarily round in its orientation before notably coming a point along the bowl's underside, resembling a "V" formation.

What really struck me is how the entire composition relies solely on its superb shaping, gorgeous grain orientation, and the natural qualities of the briar block to deliver an unforgettable piece. The wide, flaring bowl seemingly sprouts from out of the thick shank, the shank's subtly sweeping lines leading to the bowl seamlessly, interrupted only by the transition's ridgeline. The topside of the shank utilizes negative space to place further visual emphasis on the robust bowl before gradually flaring out as it reaches the shank face. The grain here is simply sublime with tight, vertical streaks of flame grain cascading down the bowl underneath the matte walnut stain that dresses the stummel. A crown of plateau adorns the wide, undulating rim and adds even more organicism to an inherently organic shape, a feature also echoed along the shank face though in a much more subtle manner as just a kiss of plateau graces its surface. From form to finish, this piece leaves little doubt as to why it received its prestigious Phalanx "Q" stamp, Todd's highest grade.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.86 in./174.24 mm.
  • Weight: 2.88 oz./81.65 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.30 in./58.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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