Doctor's: Smooth Bent Dublin with Bamboo and Boxwood (767) (Double Flash)

Product Number: 002-630-0106

We've seen the underlying form of this Dublin from Roman Kovalev before, but as we've come to expect from the talented carver behind Doctor's Pipes, he doesn't really do things the same way twice. The Russian artisan's use of accenting materials is as unique as they come, his eye for design and deft hand for creating playfully organic forms as acutely honed as his technical skill and intention for his pipes to be expertly engineered smoking instruments. His work with bamboo in particular sets him apart from other pipe makers, often selecting wild, nonuniform sections of the organic medium and incorporating them in excitingly creative ways that elevate the entire composition.

Kovalev's tremendous talent is readily apparent on this bent Dublin as is his distinctive use of bamboo not merely as an accenting material, but as an element that serves a greater purpose in the grand scheme of the overall design. The abbreviated shank is extended with a gnarled bamboo ferrule, displaying a rugged, textured aesthetic that's furthered by accenting nodules of boxwood along its sides. Such a choice of bamboo adds an abundance of texture to the piece, both physically and visually, without distracting from the bowl's stellar grain orientation and sublime shaping.

The bowl is proportionally large in relation to the shank and bamboo extension, attracting much of the visual focus. And with all of the gorgeous grain displayed around its flanks, there's no faulting Roman for emphasizing the bowl. Breathtaking flame grain rises in concert with the bowl's flare, demarcated from the rounded rim by a firm ridgeline that frames pinpricks of birdseye across its surface. The top of the rim is also kissed with small dimples of plateau, imbuing the piece with even more organicism. Earning Kovalev's Double Flash grade, this piece showcases how a visionary artisan can reinterpret traditional forms into something truly special.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.74 in./120.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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