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Billiard — Smoking Pipes Shape

Billiard is the most classic and probably the most popular smoking pipe shape. Unlike the most of other smoking pipes shapes billiard got it's name not for it's bowl, but for it's shank and stem. Together they look like a billiard cue, if the stem is conical. But the stem may be saddle too.

Dunhill Billiard
Dunhill Billiard

Meanwhile billiard has strict canons. And if a pipe don't respect billiard canons, usually it looks not so good for my opinion. First of all, the stem length must be equal to the stummel length (wooden part of a pipe). Secondly, the shank length must be equal to the bowl height.

Pipe bowl is almost cylindrical in classic English billiards, and more rounded in more modern billiards (almost close to an apple).

Bowl to shank angle is strictly 90° in classic billiards and more obtuse in danish variations. The shank is almost cylindrical, but billiards with conic stem usually start narrowing at the end of the shank.

Billiards often have a "waist" on the stem. I prefer to make the "waist" very noticeable. I think, it makes the pipe more elegant.

Billiard is a base of the whole family of pipe shapes. If the shank is longer and the stem is shorter, it is a liverpool. If the shank is long and oval, it is canadian. If liverpool's or canadian's stem is saddle, it is lovat or lumberman.

My billiard smoking pipes

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Smooth Billiard
2017-09-16
20x39mm 143mm 39g
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Smooth Billiard
2017-05-22
20x38mm 140mm 41g
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Smooth Billiard
2017-05-19
22x39mm 141mm 33g
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Smooth Billiard
2017-03-22
20x40mm 151mm 45g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2016-12-24
20x40mm 142mm 40g
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Smooth Billiard
2016-12-16
20x40mm 146mm 46g
sold
Large Billiard
2016-08-01
20x40mm 156mm 54g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2015-06-29
20x41mm 153mm 42g
sold
Small Smooth Billiard
2015-06-09
18x5mm 137mm 25g
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Smooth Billiard
2014-12-11
20x38mm 152mm 39g
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Smooth Billiard
2014-10-30
18x36mm 137mm 27g
sold
Smooth Brandy
2014-06-24
20x41mm 151mm 37g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2014-05-16
18x37mm 157mm 35g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2014-05-15
18x36mm 134mm 27g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2013-08-05
20x39mm 142mm 41g