Misc. Estates: Doctor's Sandblasted Strawberry Wood Calabash with Polymerized Grey Whale Bone Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-008-7923

During Roman Kovalev's time as a pediatric neurologist, he took up pipe smoking as a hobby, and over the years, he smoked and studied hundred of pieces from artisans from around the world. He became obsessed with the artistry and engineering involved in crafting a high performance smoking instrument, and with the same ferocity and enthusiasm that led to his success as a race car builder and distillery owner, Kovalev began fashioning pieces under the Doctor's Pipe name, a nod to his previous professions. His work demonstrates a clear fondness for soft-featured, organic shapes and nontraditional materials, as evidenced by this Calabash.

Instead of briar, Kovalev has carved this piece from Strawberry wood, and the unique grain pattering of the material is lent vivid definition thanks to a stimulating, low-profile sandblast. The form's characteristic overhanging domed rim is present, and in classic fashion, it is removable for ease of cleaning. The smooth cap is made from polymerized grey whale bone, its ladybug-like color and patterning offering some tactile and visual contrast to the overall design. Shape-wise, this piece pairs a tall bowl with a sweeping heel to a curling shank-and-stem arrangement for a fluid, gestural profile that conforms elegantly to the hand. It's a lively, eye-catching design, and it will no doubt become a stand out within any collector's rotation.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Charring

  • Length: 4.83 in./122.68 mm.
  • Weight: 2.21 oz./62.60 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.32 in./58.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.12 in./28.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Calabash
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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