American Estates: Alex Florov Smooth Pierced Fish (Slonim) (2017) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-16066

How Alex Florov can envision an incredibly creative and intricate shape like this in a briar block is unfathomable to me, yet he consistently proves his talents with shapes like this Pierced Fish. It also appropriately earned Florov's prestigious Slonim stamp, reserved for pipes of exceptional quality, often in regard to their shaping or sublime grain. Alex's designs push the boundaries of almost every pipe making camp and canon, challenging what we perceive to even be possible, and doing so with such a meticulous hand so as to render each piece nothing short of perfect. This Fish is an excellent example, the bowl displaying firm, precise ridgelines similar the Blowfish shape. The slightly bulging flanks display a teardrop shape, while the curved panel that runs along the bowl's topside frames the tight streaks of cross grain that flows across its surface. The asymmetric shank curls dramatically upwards and features natural plateau oriented along its left side, further emphasizing the organic nature of this composition. The stem then "pierces" the shank, connecting to the bowl while the stylized shaping of the stem base adds further detail to an already impressive pipe. It's presented here in unsmoked condition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Unsmoked

STAMPING:
ALEX FLOROV
HANDCRAFTED
USA
17
(PIPE LOGO/slonim)
  • Length: 7.16 in./181.86 mm.
  • Weight: 2.88 oz./81.65 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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