Alexander Tupitsyn: Smooth Tomato with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-622-0103

To compare this smooth Tomato to a sandblasted rendition we previously received from Alexander Tupitsyn, both display a similar gesture, the shank and stem curving slightly for a dynamic and elegant flow from bit to rim. Both also feature ridgelined shanks, but this pipe positions those hard lines lower along the flanks for a cross section that resembles a "D" rather than a lens. Furthermore, the bowl here continues its curvature all the way to the rim, curling inward, while the sandblasted iteration features a broader, more flattened rim and more squat disposition.

This pipe highlights a wonderful juxtaposition of design cues, the hard lines of the shank contrasting against the voluptuous roundness of the Tomato bowl. In profile, the shank curls and flares toward the stem, the saddle portion of the mouthpiece continuing the lines of the shank before reducing suddenly. Such shaping incorporates the stem into the shape for a cohesive composition that remains balanced. It's a compact design as well, but marked by stout proportions, catering to Tupitsyn's typical shaping style, and the briar's natural grain patterns complement the form beautifully: A band of vertical grain wraps the bowl, highlighting its widest portion, while birdseye populates the underside and chamfered rim and an inset ring of boxwood adorns the stem base to accent the rich, auburn stain.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.37 in./111.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.00 in./25.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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