Doctor's: Sandblasted Tomato with Bamboo and Boxwood (766) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0105

The bowl of this Apple from Roman Kovalev of Doctor's Pipes prioritizes squat plumpness, filling the palm while the entire piece remains quite compact overall. The Russian carver has kept the shape rather standard, the bowl tapering toward the rim for a substantial feel in hand with feathery vertical grain intersecting with growth rings brought out by a subtle sandblast. Moving to the shank, though, Kovalev's recognizable style becomes readily apparent.

The shank is extended with a craggy, inconsistent section of bamboo that can best be described as "oval-shaped." Despite the bamboo's asymmetrical nature, Roman has brought balance from the chaos in the way he has fitted the ferrule with the briar and stem on each end. For example, Kovalev has angled the briar end to run parallel to the bamboo's angled knuckles, seamlessly marrying the two otherwise disparate mediums. In the same way, the expansion disk along the base of the stem mimics the hard lines of the bamboo, as if adding another knuckle to the medium. It's subtle features like this that make Roman's work so unique and attractive, not to mention his engineering skill, evidenced here in the steel tenon and hand-carved boxwood nodes accenting the bamboo.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.78 in./121.41 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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