Sergey Cherepanov is a skilled artisan who has demonstrated his artistry and the quality of his work over a variety of shapes now. We've seen everything from a classic Lovat to a delicate Belge fashioned in the style of the clay pipes of old. We've even seen a bit of bamboo work as well. If we've learned anything from describing the ten odd Cherepanovs that have passed through our hands over the years, it's that this is one carver that knows how to shape. It comes to no surprise, then, when we saw this lovely Tomato pass through our estates department. Its bulbous bowl fits naturally in the hand, and its large chamber offers plenty of packing room for your favorite blend. A flared shank makes for a graceful transition into the soft vulcanite stem. Presented here in a smooth reddish-brown finish, this stout number features some truly remarkable birdseye along the stummel - demonstrating Cherepanov's uncanny ability to select only the finest briar for his creations.
- Andrew Wike