Alex Florov

Alexey Florov was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and has a background in working with fine materials. His attention to even the slightest details of craftsmanship accompanied with his skill for problem solving and hand tooling made him a valuable asset to the Russian antiquities market, where he focused on repairing and restoring museum-quality furniture. After moving to the Chicago area in 1992, Alex found work in the industrial design industry as a model maker for various market products. Working in many different materials, he was challenged by his father-in-law to make a pipe in 2004, which is what started his secondary career as one of the highest-skilled pipe artisans in the world. Few others equal his enthusiasm and charisma for the art.

Each Florov pipe usually begins with a sketch, which Alex finds himself doing constantly at work, on napkins, or any other time an idea pops into his head for a shape or engineering detail. Primarily using a milling machine to drill precision holes in excellent briar, Alex is one of the few artisans in the world who carves most of the pipe with razor-sharp hand chisels. By working with such hand tools, Alex is able to create very detailed edges and concaved areas on a pipe that a sanding disk would not allow. His pipes are each graced with hand-cut vulcanite stems that have hand-turned vulcanite tenons and are either sandblasted or smooth (the Slonim being his highest grade). Some accents favored by Alex include bamboo, boxwood, horn, and any other material the pipe maker falls in love with.

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2 Alex Florov pipes in this category.


Smooth Disks Alex Florov Smooth Disks 
SKU: 002-354-0174
Your Price: $2,000.00

Smooth Orbital Alex Florov Smooth Orbital 
SKU: 002-354-0170
Your Price: $1,750.00

002-354-0156 Alex Florov Partially Sandblasted Tomato with Mastondon 
SKU: 002-354-0156

002-354-0157 Alex Florov Partially Sandblasted Volcano with Boxwood 
SKU: 002-354-0157

002-354-0144 Alex Florov Sandblasted Long Shanked Acorn 
SKU: 002-354-0144

002-354-0150 Alex Florov Sandblasted Tomato with Mastondon Ivory 
SKU: 002-354-0150

002-354-0154 Alex Florov Smooth Blowfish with Masur Birch 
SKU: 002-354-0154

002-354-0123 Alex Florov Smooth Calalilly with Mastodon Ivory (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0123

002-354-0151 Alex Florov Smooth Elephants Foot with Bamboo 
SKU: 002-354-0151

002-354-0014 Alex Florov Smooth Floral Enigma with Bamboo 
SKU: 002-354-0014

002-354-0117 Alex Florov Smooth Freehand with Mastodon Ivory (2009) (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0117

002-354-0159 Alex Florov Smooth Freehand with Plateau (Alex Florov & Hiroyuki Tokutomi Collaboration) (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0159

002-354-0152 Alex Florov Smooth Leaping Fish with Masur Birch 
SKU: 002-354-0152

002-354-0139 Alex Florov Smooth Leaping Goldfish 
SKU: 002-354-0139

002-354-0132 Alex Florov Smooth Manta Horn (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0132

002-354-0149 Alex Florov Smooth Rhodesian with Masur Birch 
SKU: 002-354-0149

002-354-0147 Alex Florov Smooth Snail Climbing Mount Fuji Volcano (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0147

002-354-0137 Alex Florov Smooth Speared Calla Lily (Slonim) 
SKU: 002-354-0137

002-354-0146 Alex Florov Smooth Tear of Aphrodite 
SKU: 002-354-0146

002-354-0166 Alex Florov Smooth Whale "Slonim" 
SKU: 002-354-0166



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