John Calich was a master pipe carver who operated in the Greater Toronto area for 40 years, hand carving each pipe from start to finish.
Pipes sold through dealers were graded first by numbers 3-14, then on a scale of 3E-8E. Some of John’s pipe were sold directly to customers. These were stamped with X, XX or XXX and are generally considered to be second quality pieces.
John was particularly know for his use of rusticated and smooth finishes on the same pipe, as seen on this example.
This pipe is a good looking classic Bent Billiard, in a modern, larger size. It measures 5-3/4″ long with a 1-3/4″ tall by 1-3/8″ wide bowl. The chamber bore is 3/4″ in diameter.