Alexander Tupitsyn: Sandblasted Bent Egg

Product Number: 002-622-0063

If you weren't aware that Vladimir Grechukhin had mentored Alexander Tupitsyn, this bent Egg should be a clear indicator of that fact. With a vertically pinched shank, compact proportions, and overall bold "chubbiness," this piece fits squarely into the St. Petersburg school and bespeaks Grechukhin's influence on Tupitsyn's style. The slenderness of the shank makes for a fair amount of supple cheeking at the transition, emphasizing the base of the bowl and adding to its plumpness. As such, it fits sublimely in hand while also resting effortlessly on the chin when clenched thanks to the well designed S-curve. Where Alexander differs from his teacher, though, as one observes the top of the bowl. Here, Tupitsyn draws out the bowl's height and tapers the rim, balancing out and stretching the form's muscularity with a sense of soft elegance that bespeaks the Russian carver's proclivity toward the Danish school. It's, then, all dressed in a subtle Danish-style sandblast that, while not being incredibly craggy, does very well to show off a gorgeous display of contrast grain. From comfort to style, this is a piece that checks off everything one could want in a handmade, artisan pipe. Excellent stuff.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.67 in./118.62 mm.
  • Weight: 1.95 oz./55.34 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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