Werner Mummert: Sandblasted Reverse Calabash Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-560-0418

Werner Mummuert has curated an aesthetic that's highly sculptural and inspired by art and architecture movements from around the world. Much of his portfolio consists of Bauhaus, Brutalist, Art Deco, and Modern Art-infused pipes that reflect not only a keen eye for shaping and composition but also a highly technical skill set which is especially prevalent in his signature renditions of classic profiles such as this Billiard.

A reverse Calabash piece, this pipe is unlike the work of any other carver, as it incorporates a material that we've really seen only Mummert use: glass. The entirety of the condensation chamber which makes this pipe a reverse Calabash is crafted from a tube of clear tempered glass, making for a pipe that's unmistakable as Werner's. Additionally, the clarity of this glass enables one to see the smoke as it accumulates within the chamber and makes cleaning extremely easy, as one can see exactly where moisture has built up inside of it. This glass tube is fitted to the shank via a pair of rubber gaskets that surround the extended shank end, with the stem attaching in the same manner. This stem is a trim saddle affair whose base has been adorned with a broad fitment of a swirling, stabilized accent that almost certainly contains a leaf of some description. The shank as a whole is quite trim, pushing out of a wide, cheeked transition and married to the bowl at the bottom, almost immediately pushing out of a rounded heel to meet its singular fitment. The bowl itself is a lovely iteration of the classic Billiard's with a low-set waist and plump flanks that mark the start of tapering walls that rise to the rim and cant forward dynamically. Dressing the stummel here is one of Mummert's exceptional sandblasts, revealing a rippling pattern of stacked ring grain cascading down the bowl, all beneath a deep, ruby-hued stain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.45 in./138.43 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.08 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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