Doctor's: Partially Sandblasted Horn with Bamboo and Boxwood (643) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0087

Having seen a fair number of Roman Kovalev's work, I often find myself wondering if the Russian carver begins his shaping thought process with the block of briar or with the bamboo with which he's adorned it. Most artisans seek consistent ferrules of the pale medium, those that display a more regularly cylindrical form with an inherent rhythm through the knuckles. Roman does the exact opposite, opting instead for pieces that exhibit little to no consistency, defined by gnarly knuckles and amorphous profiles. From this chaos, though, Kovalev is able to fashion pipes that present imbalance in the most contradictedly balanced way, seeming to defy what we think of consistency and asymmetry.

Consider, here, this Horn shape. When viewed from the smoker's perspective, the bamboo shank extension dog-legs suddenly to the right. To balance this out, then, Roman has canted the domed rim so that the right side rises higher than the left, continuing the bamboo's imbalance through the entire piece and maintaining a sense of coherency. Contrast-stained and dressed in a subtle, Danish-style sandblast, bands of cross grain flow up the flanks to leave craters of birdseye at the underside. The smooth polished rim is left to accent with a subtle trail of natural plateau dripping down the fore to blend with the sandblasted texture. Exquisite work.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.03 in./127.76 mm.
  • Weight: 1.22 oz./34.47 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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