Alexander Tupitsyn: Smooth Cherrywood

Product Number: 002-622-0043

Quite a departure from his usual, firm-lined, Ilsted-inspired numbers, this Cherrywood from Alexander Tupitsyn is quite a charming and playful take on the old shape class. Though normally a fairly organic and quiet design, here Alexander has added a touch of whimsy through the cinched, hourglass-like waistline of the bowl, fanning out as it approaches the trumpeting, slightly domed rim. Matching that more playful style, the transition is also fairly low-set, countered by a shank that features a strong upward curling gesture, leading the eye up to the subtle downturn of the saddle-stem.

Putting all that together, you might expect this to be a rather large design, but it's actually quite diminutive — measuring just under four and a half inches from end to end. Weighing less than 40 grams, it should also hang comfortably in the jaw, though it is a steady sitter and that style of taller bowl and transition do make it easy in hand as well. To top it all off, the cross-cut grain pattern is as neatly oriented as it is vivid, with seas of whirling birdseye to either flank and a trim column of crossgrain running right down the center. Just beautiful work from Tupitsyn here.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.38 in./111.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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