Doctor's: Sandblasted Pot with Bamboo and Boxwood (661) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0090

My personal favorite piece from today's batch of Roman Kovalev pipes, this handsome Pot shape once again sees the playful carver returning to a form of grounded classicism, though not without imbuing said form with a healthy dose of his characteristic uniqueness. It's modestly-sized compared to other pieces of this ilk I've encountered from the pipemaker, and the grounded form does a fine, easy job of keeping itself upright on a flat surface. Aside from the overall shaping, the real treat here is found amongst the seemingly more understated details.

Dressed in a hearty sandblast, ring after ring of undulating grain encircles the squarely-proportioned bowl, offering plenty of texture in hand, its smooth-polished rim gently inflated and kissed with birdseye. Underneath, a lovely region of blasted whorls fills the heel, and from here, Roman's meticulously deft craftsmanship comes into clear view. Continuing with his penchant for making use of external adornments that other artisans might very well overlook or discard, the carver opted to make brilliant use of a natural recess at the bamboo shank's underside. Filling the cavity with a translucent resin, Roman managed to fashion something of a window into the material itself, carrying the lines initiated by the bamboo to their logical conclusion points. The bamboo's undulating knuckles are adorned with a series of boxwood beads, along with a succinctly-flaring shank-end of the same, paired neatly to a slender saddle bit. A truly awesome pipe.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.74 in./120.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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