Davide Iafisco: Smooth Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-702-0080

For a carver who hews closely and often toward the Danish school, this is a unique piece from Davide Iafisco, trading supple curves and soft lines for a striking, crisp, and angular aesthetic that calls to mind the Japanese tradition with hints of the gradual bend and protruding heel of Castello's iconic "55" shape. Regarding the Japanese influence, I'm reminded of a Smio Satou's signature bent Dublin design, characterized by a sleek, pointed, architectural style that comes across as calligraphy personified. Davide's rendition is a stunning addition to his portfolio, expanding even more upon his impressive shaping skill and widening his style even more.

In this piece, the pinched shank is flanked by crisp panels, the bottom ridgeline wrapping the bowl's base and dipping down to form the profile's striking heel. The bowl, then, combines the squat, thick-walled nature of a Pot with the flared rim of a Dublin. The real star here, though, is the grain orientation — the shank's panels are streaked with vertical straight grain exploding into flame grain around the entirety of the bowl. Up top, the broadly splayed rim is a storm of birdseye. While Davide doesn't have a grading system, I would bet he's incredibly proud of this piece, and he should be.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.97 in./151.64 mm.
  • Weight: 2.14 oz./60.78 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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