Alexander Tupitsyn: Sandblasted Bent Apple with Ivorite

Product Number: 002-622-0110

Russian artisan Alexander Tupitsyn has been mentored extensively by Vladimir Grechukhin, and makes his own pipes as well while also collaborating with Grechukhin and Sergey Dyomin to make pieces for PS Studio. In keeping with the elder Russian's style, Tupitsyn's work displays strong cues of the St. Petersburg school, evidenced strongly in this muscular, compact bent Apple. The bowl offers a distinct waistline, a discrete reverse cant at its inflated rim, and a cheeky transition most inviting for thumb draping. The shank is stout in profile, but a lithely flared affair when seen from above, widening dramatically to an elegant Ivorite accent that encases a standard mortise-and-tenon arrangement.

Incredibly uniform growth rings are made unmissable by a well-executed sandblast, and further elevated by one of Tupitsyn's stunning ruby contrast stains. The motif provides plenty of detail for both finger pads and eyes to appreciate, and is matched by a sleek black saddle stem of hand-shaped vulcanite, well funneled at the lip button for an easy draw and comfortable perch between the teeth. An excellent concentration of character, this pipe packs a lot of detailed craftsmanship into Nosewarmer length, perfect for anyone looking for a portable pipe of artisanal quality.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.54 in./115.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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