Doctor's: Sandblasted Bent Apple with Bamboo and Boxwood (664) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0092

Roman Kovalev seems to enjoy playing with shaping juxtapositions, as he often pairs a broad visual focal point of a bowl with a comparatively slender shank, and often one that's fashioned from an especially idiosyncratic piece of bamboo. The carver selects these unique examples of the stuff specifically, and often they're imbued with a naturally pronounced degree of slope and curve. This serves to throw even more visual weight to the bowl, as it lends the impression of physical weight in profile, like a particularly plump dirigible hanging from a branch.

That being said, he opted for something rather more understated here, and just for good measure, lent the honey-blond stuff at the shank a gentle sandblast. This acts as a means of coaxing the light, striated texture found below, while also allowing his boxwood bead accents to sit in striking relief. The piece is handsomely complemented by a wafer-thin layer of polymerized dinosaur bone between the bamboo and briar, and Roman even lent a minute sense of undulation to the stem base, acting as a visual complement to the shank-end. A comforting, refined piece.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.49 in./114.05 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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