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Alex Florov: Smooth Leaping Fish with Masur Birch

Product Number: 002-354-0152

Alex Florov puts a lot of time into complex designs like this "Leaping Fish"/Cavalier, doing much of his shaping not with a sanding disk, but by hand-carving them with precision chisels. It's in a piece like this where his background as a model-maker for the industrial design industry (and before that, making precise 1/48th-scale model aircraft in his youth, which in turn landed him a career restoring expensive antique furniture) really comes forward, producing a combination of precision, complexity, style, and flow that set his work apart. As noted earlier, this is not only a beautifully artistic, sculptural sitter, but a functioning Cavalier as well, the masur birch "foot," which the design perches upon doubling as the moisture-well's end-cap. Of course, some of you may be looking at the stem, scratching your heads, and wondering how there's any room inside the leaping shank for a tenon - well, there isn't. Which is why Alex created a reverse-tenon, with reinforcing brass collar, leading out of the shank instead; a neat little engineering trick that allowed him to get away with this grand, creative flourish of a design without having to compromise its flow and form.

- Eric N. Squires





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Measurements & Other Details
 Length: 6.06 in./153.92 mm. Weight: 3.30 oz./93.55 g.
 Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.59 mm. Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
 Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm. Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
 Stem Material: Vulcanite Filter: None
 Shape: Freehand Finish: Smooth
 Material: Briar Country: United States

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