Todd Johnson: Sandblasted Sarcophagus with Dyed Swedish Beechwood (Hoplite)

Product Number: 002-194-0139

The Sarcophagus is a Todd Johnson signature shape we have only received three times before, and this rendition is both the first we have received in over a decade and among the most unique version to date. Johnson's work is in demand worldwide, his keen intuition for aesthetics and his masterful shaping acumen combining with decades of experience to produce truly artisanal pipes. This Sarcophagus, then, reminds me of an exaggerated Ukulele or Eskimo shape, with a wide body and flanks that arch smoothly all the way from lip button to graduated transition, reaching upward to support a squat bowl crowned with a Calabash-like rim.

Todd's shaping style spans a range of sizes, from Nosewarmers to quite massive renditions, and this one stretches past seven inches in length with a flat shank well past two in breadth. The space is put to good use here, with acres of blasted birdseye on top and bottom and tight stacks of growth rings climbing the bowl. Dressed in an dark stain, the grain patterns do not draw attention to themselves, rather seeming an organically perfect texture full of boundless tactile intrigue.

The shaping and natural grain are plenty to maintain my interest, but Todd did not stop there. Tightly brindled striations of purple, blue, and black colors commend the elegantly executed tapered, vulcanite stem, unifying with the unique material of the bowl's cap. Todd sourced the cap — made of Swedish beechwood — from pipe maker Jonas Rosengren of Sweden, and has brought to life the unique grain striations with hues of blue and purple dye in a truly mesmerizing effect. A functional work of art and a true aesthetic triumph, the bespoke beauty of this pipe cannot be overstated.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 7.06 in./179.32 mm.
  • Weight: 3.80 oz./107.73 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.08 in./52.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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