American Estates: Alex Florov Smooth Blowfish with Bamboo (Slonim) (2013) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-13166

Perhaps one of the best executions of the Blowfish shape I have ever seen, this rendition by Alex Florov hews as close to perfection as humanly possible. Each flank is sublimely curved and rounded, as if the whole piece contains a spherical core within but just the edges are showing. Birdseye saturates the sides while cross grain wraps the middle of the bowl from the heel to the top of the transition.

My favorite aspect of the piece, however, is how Florov has extended the bottom of the right flank, exaggerating its splayed form and bringing it to a crisp ridge. It adds to the aquatic persona of the the shape, resembling a fin of sorts and matching perfectly with the asymmetrical saddle portion of the stem. Said stem has also been hand-fashioned to line up perfectly with the bamboo shank extension, taking into account the irregularities of the alternative medium. Lastly, an extremely light and glossy stain adorns the stummel, giving it a virgin briar aesthetic and letting the grain show through in its natural state. It should be no surprise that this piece earned Florov's prestigious Slonim grade, the carver's highest honor. Exquisite work, and unsmoked too.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


Alex Florov
Pipe Stamp
  • Length: 5.80 in./147.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.04 in./26.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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