Werner Mummert: Sandblasted Bulldog Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-560-0305

Known for creating pipes that often subscribe to unconventional, avant-garde designs, along with his bespoke sandblasts, Werner Mummert is among the most innovative carvers working today. The Bulldog has become a signature shape of the German carver's, the traditional form imbued with razor-sharp ridgelines and playful flourishes, as seen here.

This piece is informed by a slightly inflated rim, upon which the form's beadlines are presented. Rather than crafting them at about mid-bowl, as with classically designed Bulldogs, Mummert has moved them up right there on the rim for a playful, artistic flourish. The starkly angular and jutting heel is defined by panels riding up either flank, a continuation of the elongated, crisply lined diamond shank. Said shank appears quite sleek in profile; when viewed aerially, it appears to be wide, an oft-seen shaping cue used to great effect by the artisan. It's all topped by a plum-colored, abbreviated saddle stem of vulcanite, the base trimmed with a jet-black band, complementing Mummert's extra-dark, well-executed sandblast that covers the stummel. The deep blast brings out extraordinary ring grain, seen here rendered in tight, concentric stacks as the artisan is also known for his well-honed instinct in reading a block of briar and shaping it to best show off its grain.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.67 in./144.02 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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