Alexander Tupitsyn: Sandblasted Bent Apple with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-622-0116

Alexander Tupitsyn is one of the three artisans who comprise the PS Studio workshop in Russia, working alongside Sergey Dyomin and master maker Vladimir Grechukhin. It is here that Tupitsyn cut his teeth in the pipe world, crafting high quality artisanal pieces at reasonable price points, all under the tutelage of Grechukhin, one of the masters of the St. Petersburg school of pipe making. Later in his career, Tupitsyn received teaching from Poul Ilsted, who taught him the finer points of finishing and facet-work, and fed into his design style of bold, Neoclassical profiles imbued with Danish styling. This bent Apple is the latest example from the Russian artisan and boasts an extremely compact overall length of less than four and a half inches, though it is still a sizeable and stout briar.

Tupitsyn has made bent Apples like this previously, though none this abbreviated, making this Nosewarmer a rare treat. The bulk of the visual weight is focused squarely on the squat bowl, is bulging waistline providing a fantastic surface for the hand, falling into place there naturally, its heft resting on a lifted heel. The transition is smooth and obtuse, and the way the briar curves outward after dipping into it speaks to Tupitsyn's talent in shaping. The shank is arguably my favorite element of this piece, flaring subtly into the transition, its flattened ovoid shape in sharp contrast to the lithe side view, its build informing the trim stem which is accented with a narrow band of boxwood. The sandblast dressing the stummel is shallow, but reveals excellent texture, as well as a fantastic display of ring grain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.38 in./111.25 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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