Werner Mummert: Sandblasted Hawkbill

Product Number: 002-560-0219

Well on the conservative end for a carver as experimental as Werner Mummert, this Hawkbill design demonstrates the German carver's broad stylistic range and the diverse influences he draws from. Although the Hawkbill originated in France sometime during the late 1800s, the iconic shape has been a mainstay of Italian pipemaking for decades, with workshops such as Castello and Radice being particularly renowned for their renditions. Mummert has done an excellent job of staying true to the archetypal form with this piece, pairing a chubby Apple bowl to a gracefully arching aquiline shank and abbreviated saddle stem. Four separate ridgelines emerge from the oval shank face, the top two blending into the cheeking at the transition while the bottom lines continue to the bowl's underside, eventually coming together at a crisp point. However, my favorite aspect about this example is the sandblast. If there's one thing in particular I feel Werner doesn't get enough recognition for, it's his expert skill in the blasting cabinet. Rippling waves of ring grain undulate across the bowl's surface, working in tandem with the bowl's rotundness to make this pipe incredibly difficult to put down. If you've been waiting for something more classically inclined to come along from Mummert, this could very well be the one.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.25 in./133.35 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Hawkbill
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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