Alexander Tupitsyn: Smooth Freehand with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-622-0036

An exercise in contrasts, though still certainly in keeping with the carver's Russian influence, this freehand from Alexander Tupitsyn is seemingly simple as a whole, but, when inspected at length, presents some playful, dynamic complexity. Two knuckles of light-hued bamboo are paired to a hand-turned saddle stem, with the base of the aforementioned stem echoing the presence of a third knuckle; the rhythm is neat and even, and Alexander left no stone unturned, in terms of matching briar and vulcanite to the honey-blonde medium.

From this point, many carvers are keen to pair a more understated, simply-shaped bowl to this already dynamic medium employed in the shank, perhaps out of fear of over-indulging in complexity, resulting in a composition that appears busy. Well, Alexander is not many carvers (he is only one, as far as we know), and as he trained with none other than the great Vladimir Grechukhin himself, he opted for something unique, albeit deftly executed. That something was a planar shift-of-sorts, making use of a lenticular bowl, oriented diagonally at the transition, and displaying a rightward-ebbing, gently rolling, floral rim. The rim is somewhat convex, yet Alexander has shaped it so that it winds its around the bowl like the beginning of a spiral staircase, coming to rest at its point of origin, and leading the eye to the crisp diagonal ridge defining the taper of the bowl's underside. This makes for an broader canvas on each flank: all the better for displaying some gorgeous flame grain.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.50 in./165.10 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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