Japanese Estates: Yuki Tokutomi Smooth Teardrop (2007) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-007-1471
Daughter of legendary pipe maker Hiroyuki Tokutomi, Yuki Tokutomi is a talented artisan in her own right, carving a wealth of sculptural and organically inclined pieces which embody a modernist charm. Learning under the watchful eye of her father and following his working methods since she was a child, Yuki began carving her own pieces in 2005, integrating the design aspects of her father and the legendary Danish artisans into her work while staying true to her own signature style. Yuki only made pipes for a few years, and her annual production was extremely limited, making each of her works all the more desirable and all the more difficult to find.
The Teardrop is a shape which Yuki has carved often, and that is reflected in the practiced, sweeping lines which suffuse the stummel of this piece. Said stummel is unique, not being separated into shank and bowl via a transition, but integrating both elements into a one-piece stummel design which is tightly-knit and seamless. The aft end rises higher than the fore and marries to the stem at a rounded, curving face which connects with the lifted aft end of the bowl's rim, its pairing with the stem lending the composition a comfortable smoking posture thanks to the stem's steeply curved black vulcanite. The bowl is nicely rounded through the flanks, with a plump build that fits well in the hand and stands atop a sharp, pronounced heel that forms a spur which curls gently out toward the fore. The plump cheeks of the bowl are contrasted nicely by a central ridge which plunges through the far aft side and wraps around the heel before lifting and rising to point the rim at the fore. Dressed in a richly-stained smooth finish, the stummel here showcases a wealth of stunning grain, with either flank of the bowl displaying dense plains of birdseye.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.87 in./149.10 mm.
- Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Japan