Misc. Estates: Alexander Tupitsyn Partially Sandblasted Bent Apple with Olivewood (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-008-7859

Alexander Tupitsyn's shaping style is often described within the context of the St. Petersburg pipe design aesthetic, a design tradition that mostly encompasses the work of Vladimir Grechukhin and the carvers he's mentored over the years and whose styles share similarities to his own. Tupitsyn is one such artisan, and his shapes often cater to the St. Petersburg school's prioritization of plump curves, muscular proportions, and compact dimensions.

This bent Apple is an excellent introduction to that style. It's under five inches in length, yet still offers a plump, broad bowl. The shank's diminution in profile accentuates the bowl's plumpness, but when viewed from above, its broad shaping matches the remainder of the stummel's muscularity. It's dressed in a ruddy-hued sandblast, showcasing a generous array of growth rings, while a slightly beveled, smooth rim lends textural contrast. The flaring shank end is topped by a slender, gently downturned saddle stem enriched by a chestnut-hued olivewood accent band, mirroring the rim's coloration. Unsmoked.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


A. Tupitsyn (arched)
  • Length: 4.97 in./126.24 mm.
  • Weight: 1.95 oz./55.34 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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