Alexander Tupitsyn: Sandblasted Tomato with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-622-0098

Almost identical to a Tomato we previously received from Alexander Tupitsyn, this rendition features the same, compact profile, squat bowl, and ridgelined shank. Such a convenient size, combined with a good dose of substance, is an iconic element of Russia's St. Petersburg shaping style — an aesthetic pioneered by Vladimir Grechukhin and passed down to Tupitsyn as his student in their PS Studio project. Alexander has further expanded on this design style over the years, often incorporating ridgelines and facets into his pipe shapes. Said signature style is exemplified by this piece, with the lens-shaped shank adding firmness with its flanking ridges. As mentioned, this Tomato resembles an earlier rendition, displaying the same proportions, the same slight S-curve, and the same squat bowl, but it differs in finish and in rim treatment: This example is dressed in a low-profile sandblast and red-tinged stain, compared to the other's smooth, walnut finish, and the rim here isn't as inwardly rounded. Instead, it begins to taper much sooner, making for a more broad, flattened portion that's finished smooth to contrast the rest of the stummel. Such a design cue tastefully aligns with rigidity of the shank, adding structure and firmness to the composition. Lastly, a trim ring of boxwood accents the stem base, standing starkly against the stummel's red palette.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.89 in./124.21 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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