Alex Florov: Smooth Floral Enigma with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-354-0014

For a guy who fancies himself as something of a semanticist, I can be a terrible slob with this language of ours. A great example would be the word "timeless". A lot of people, and I may be the worst offender of all, use the phrase almost interchangeably with "classic". Well, I find the hypnotic pipe in front of you to be timeless. Timeless, in the most literal sense, "independent of time". Sure, at one angle there is some Moscow baroque in play, a bit of art nouveau in the metaphorical woodpile at a couple of oblique angles. Some Satou in the bamboo, Gotoh in the anima... Hints and nuances should not a conclusion make (did I just channel Yoda?!) and I have no neat cubby-hole of the past or present to place this composition into. Therein may well lie Alex's point.

Isolating the body of this pipe, for a few brief moments, there is inspiration here that is indisputably floral; the ridge on the front is highly evocative of the central vein of a leaf. There is a petal-like softness to the two front panels that are formed by the same. But then we have have a wicked, upturned, almost preternatural spike at the fore of rim to factor in, as well as a slightly unnerving sense of implied motion that I sure as heck don't see in *my* garden. How about "flora", but not from this planet? Hey, just going with my gut here. Adding back in the deliciously thin, positively serpentine bamboo does nothing to shake the impression. Quite the contrary, it enhances it. OK, I am scaring myself. The grain of this Floral Enigma (leave it be, leave it be) would have to degrade by twice to be simply "spectacular". Can this pipe, in its entirety, pass the pipe cleaner test? I have no clue, even churchwarden cleaners are of insufficient length, with the whole pipe assembled. I CAN tell you that, with the bit removed, a warden cleaner is long enough and it passes through to the tobacco chamber as slick as a whistle. Yes, Alex "sweats the details". Now if I could only get him to stop scaring me...

--Bear Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 13.00 in./330.20 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.76 in./70.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States