Doctor's: Partially Sandblasted Tomato with Bamboo (765) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0104

Though his eye for detail is beyond adept, his use of accents especially unique, and his eye for design as playfully idiosyncratic as they come, Roman Kovalev leaves no doubt about his intentions for his work's impact on the pipe-smoking community. Put simply: his works are exquisite works of art in their own right, but his pipes aren't meant to be mere collector's items. They're meant for smoking. And this Tomato from the Russian artisan is well-equipped to provide years of smoking enjoyment.

This Tomato from Kovalev features an irresistibly plump, curvaceous, and broad bowl up front that commands attention. The flanks bulge outward in dramatic fashion before subtly tapering toward the rim, which is quite pronounced and shaped almost like the lip of a vase while its innermost portion is beveled inward to the chamber. A contoured section underneath the stylized rim features sandblasted texture that wraps around in a crescent moon shape when viewed from above. The bowl's smooth portions reveal tight streaks of vertical grain around the flanks and whorls of birdseye along the heel, all highlighted by the warm chestnut stain.

While the bowl's shaping is certainly impressive and noteworthy, the bamboo shank extension on this composition is truly intriguing. The nodes around each knuckle are dramatically pronounced and make their presence known, offering additional texture, both in a visual and physical sense. Even the end of the bamboo is captivating, featuring indentations that wrap around the mortise and are about as close to even as possible when dealing with the organic medium. With all these fascinating features on display, it's easy to overlook that this pipe is surprisingly compact, measuring under four-and-a-half inches in length with the stem's downturn allowing for comfortable hands-free smoking sessions. When examined as a whole, this piece leaves little doubt as to why it received its "Double Flash' stamp, Kovalev's second-highest designation.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.38 in./111.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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