Misc. Estates: Grechukhin Smooth Hobbit's Foot with Bamboo (Collaboration with J. Alan) (2015) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-008-6348

Collaborations between two well-known and venerated artisans, while not unheard of, are not a common occurrence. To add to the rarity of such an event, this pipe is part of what Vladimir Grechukhin calls the "International Project," which in years past have included world renowned carvers such as Hans "Former" Nielsen and the late Poul Ilsted, though it has been an annual collaboration between he and American carver Jeff Gracik of J. Alan Pipes for the past several years. Pipes produced by this "melding of minds" are handcrafted in Vladimir's workshop. Designing, shaping, and finishing are a joint endeavor between the two carvers, ensuring that the piece is entirely a collaborative effort. For this particular incarnation of their joint creativity, we have a whimsical and evocative design dubbed the "Hobbit's Foot."

Unlike the foot of actual Hobbit, which is usually hairy and unsightly, this design from Grechukhin and J. Alan is beautiful and visually stunning. However, the heel is one thing this pipe and a real Hobbit's foot have in common as both are remarkably rugged and tough. The base of this pipe is covered in craggy, dimpled plateau, matching the leathery soles of a Hobbit's foot. The plump bowl urges forward and slightly juts past the base's ridgeline while another ridgeline wraps around the bowl's aft, creating a contoured area. I'm particularly fascinated by the bamboo shank extension on this piece and can't recall seeing anything else like it. The five knuckles of bamboo gradually come closer together and become progressively craggier with each successive knuckle. Such a selection of bamboo is perfect for this piece, accentuating its organicism and making the design even more unique. It's offered here in unsmoked condition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


RUSSIA (Arched)
J. ALAN PIPES (Arched)
  • Length: 6.80 in./172.72 mm.
  • Weight: 3.12 oz./88.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.46 in./62.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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