Japanese Estates: Tsuge Ikebana Smooth Mushroom (L) (078) (2001) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-007-1476

Tsuge's Ikebana workshop is the artisan offshoot of the esteemed Japanese marque, comprising three renowned carvers that each present a unique shaping style and design outlook in every pipe they make. The pieces they create are often referred to as the "flowers of the pipe world," and this is a fitting appellation, as their namesake, "Ikebana," literally translates as "living flowers" and references the highest echelon of Japanese flower arrangement, with the goal of instilling a sense of silent appreciation for the natural world and all things within it.

This Mushroom from the workshop is a striking shape, one that displays a decidedly Dublin-like look, but which yet maintains its namesake's organic softness and easy curves. The underside of this pipe is framed by a wrapping ridgeline that runs from one end of the shank to the other, curving around at the fore as the lines at both flanks firm up the shank. A rather wide transition up top pairs the bowl to the shank, with the shank itself possessed of a subtle upturn, flaring as it curls to reach a demurely curved saddle stem of black vulcanite. This pairing affords the pipe a comfortable smoking posture, and the shank's flare balances the presence of the bowl nicely, with the bowl's own flare being more pronounced. A semi-ovoid shaping at the shank and stem additionally grants this piece a unique style and a varied look when seen from the smoker's perspective. Said bowl rises from the ridge-wrapped base and expands out to a high-set ridgeline that marks the start of a bulbous, domed rim which is chamfered nicely into the chamber. Dressed in a light stain, the stummel here showcases stunning grain, with a sea of birdseye at the rim and underside while the bowl is wrapped with flame.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Unsmoked

STAMPING:
TSUGE (Arched)
078
01
MADE IN JAPAN (Arched)
IKEBANA
L
  • Length: 5.21 in./132.33 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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