Todd Johnson: Sandblasted Blowfish Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-194-0169

Long before it was the norm, and before the internet made research and global communication easy, Todd Johnson journeyed to Denmark to study under the world's premier pipe makers, including Tom Eltang and Anne Julie. His Master's degree in aesthetics from Yale certainly aided his stylistic predilections, but it was in the workshops of those aforementioned Danes that Johnson learned about technique, engineering, and what makes a pipe great. Though Johnson champions the Danish style of pipe making, he developed a unique visual style all his own, one that often embraces the organic and highly sculptural, as evidenced by this Blowfish.

The Blowfish is an inherently difficult shape to craft, as it requires a meticulous eye for detail and a precise hand, but Johnson is intimately familiar with the design's nuances, and he's crafted a truly stunning rendition here. Like most iterations of the artisan shape, this piece possesses a pair of ridgelines that unevenly bifurcate the bowl along its vertical axis, lending the chamber's walls and the rim a playful, asymmetrical slant. Additionally, those aforementioned ridgelines form panels that add a touch of structure to the bowl's otherwise rounded contours. Unlike the bowl, the shank is fairly traditional, but without clashing or throwing off the totality of the composition. Instead, the shank's symmetrical build further emphasizes the bowl's distinctive character, especially in profile. A dark sandblast dresses the stummel and highlights gorgeous birdseye along the bowl's flanks and striking cross grain across the bowl's fore and aft.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.07 in./128.78 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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