Misc. Estates: Doctor's Smooth Horn with Bamboo and Polymerized Dinosaur Bone

Product Number: 004-008-6869

Roman Kovalev: neurologist, race-car builder, distiller, coffee connoisseur, and artisan pipe maker. The carver wears a number of impressive hats, defining the term "Renaissance man." Everything Kovalev touches seems to turn to gold, his Doctor's Pipes notwithstanding, the Russia-based pipe maker having a knack for tenaciously excelling at everything he does, never content with anything short of mastery.

With an emphasis on poise and height, this Horn from Kovalev is a sprightly, energetic briar, imbued with a touch of organic charm, but presenting a feel in hand as smooth as that of the sports car's gearshift. Its curling, conical form offers a number of different accommodations for the hand, with ample space at the transition for the thumb or forefinger. An aspect for which Kovalev has become renowned in the pipe making community is his bamboo work. When bamboo was first featured on pipes in the mid-1900s, it was done so quite conservatively and practically — bamboo was used during briar shortages as shank extensions, and as such, straight, uniform ferrules were desired, without much consideration for how they contributed to the pipe's overall composition. Roman, however, is known for his utilization of wild, eccentrically shaped bamboo, and one such piece is showcased here. Five knuckles of pale bamboo curl dramatically upward and are book-ended by thin bands of polymerized dinosaur bone that blend in handsomely with the bamboo's coloration.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

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  • Length: 4.32 in./109.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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