Ichi Kitahara: Smooth Cherrywood

Product Number: 002-340-0100

Making a pipe that sits stably isn't tremendously difficult; drill a couple holes in a block of briar and stick a stem in it, and the result will stay upright just fine. Making a sitter that is beautiful and lively, and yet still perfectly stable, well, that's another matter. A matter, fortunately for us all, that Ichi Kitahara is more than capable of tackling, with this artful rendition of the old Cherrywood being a result. The balance between the mass of the broad, birdseye-packed rim and the long, fine, arc of the high-rising stem? Perfect. So too is the balance between the opposing, yet equally smooth curves of both bowl and shank, joined by a transition defined in an apparent nod to the shape's namesake - i.e. the junction between the bough and branch of a cherry tree.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan