Material: Very old briar
Length (A) : 145 mm
Bowl height (B) : ~43 mm
Bowl diameter (C) : Who knows?
Chamber depth (D) : ~35 mm
Chamber bore (E) : 19 mm cylindrical
Weight: 54.6 gram
Draft-hole: 3.8 mm
Tenon: 7 mm integral
Shank extension: Driftwood
I am afraid that I am going to have to weary you with a whole essay on this pipe, but weary you I shall.
Disclaimer: No rhinoceroses were harmed during the carving process, although the carver might have suffered a few minor cuts, burns and bruises.
I hear you ask, "Why did you call this shape a 'rhinoceros' when in fact it is just another blowfish?". Amongst the more than numerous pictures of the pipe, I include photos of two of my earlier pipes to try and illuminate the difference. The first one is a blowfish and the second a rhinoceros. Note that the blowfish has more of a convex shank whereas the rhinoceros has a definite concave shank. The lines of the blowfish appear all in all much softer whereas the cheeks of the rhinoceros are elongated and pronounced to suggest the armoured 'plates' of a rhinoceros. The tail is short. The whole demeanor and deportment that of a snorting rhinoceros.
I initially intended to use whale ivory as a shank extension, but then I appreciated that a piece of driftwood, salvaged from a garage somewhere, with a few minor modifications and just a touch here and there, could be turned into a shank extension. Of course the delight in found objects made the choice so much easier and the whale ivory was relegated to the baubles drawer. The extension was cut from the stand cradling the pipe in the photos. It was shear chance that decreed that the pipe would so perfectly hide in this stand and with a little imagintion, one could easily picture this rhinoceros charging at you from the African bush.
Being unsure of the smoking qualities of driftwood, I sleeved the extension with Delrin to ensure no contact with the smoe.
It is a once in a lifetime pipe. For a while I thought that arthritic fingers and failing eyesight were causing my pipes to become indiscriminate and, although this not quite true, for I feel that my pipes have in many respects become much better, the carving of this rhinoceros rekindled the passion. It is cheap at the price.