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Smio Satou

Smio Satou lives in Tokyo and has his workshop in an upstairs area of his home, like many of the Japanese carvers. He worked for Tsuge for 25 years after picking up the craft from his father – who was one of the first briar pipe carvers in Japan in the 1940s.

Since his retirement, Satou produces only about 40 pipes annually. The majority of his shapes are uniquely Japanese in aesthetic and construction, and each is finished with a time-honored tradition of the highest-quality Japanese lacquer (which is extremely durable, breathable, and glossy). His stems are expertly cut from solid vulcanite rod with a tenon turned from the same material, or a separate piece turned and pinned in place. Needless to say, his engineering is probably the best in the world. Most of his pipes are smooth, but he does produce some wonderful sandblasts, and the accents of each are commonly bamboo or tsuishu (very thin multi-colored layers of Japanese lacquer that takes months to produce).

4 Satou pipes in this category.

Finish: Shape: Price:

Sandblasted Bent Bulldog

Satou Sandblasted Bent Bulldog


SKU: 002-142-0343
Your Price: $850.00
Sandblasted Canted Pot

Satou Sandblasted Canted Pot


SKU: 002-142-0349
Your Price: $775.00
Smooth Volcano

Satou Smooth Volcano


SKU: 002-142-0333
Your Price: $1,100.00
Smooth Volcano

Satou Smooth Volcano


SKU: 002-142-0347
Your Price: $850.00
002-142-0310
SOLD
002-142-0240
Satou Smooth Bent Brandy
SKU: 002-142-0240
SOLD
002-142-0306
Satou Smooth Bent Dublin
SKU: 002-142-0306
SOLD
002-142-0308
Satou Smooth Bent Dublin
SKU: 002-142-0308
SOLD
002-142-0231
SOLD
002-142-0305
SOLD
002-142-0317
SOLD
002-142-0321
SOLD
002-142-0294
SOLD
002-142-0299
SOLD
002-142-0282
SOLD
002-142-0326
Satou Smooth Volcano
SKU: 002-142-0326
SOLD

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