Doctor's: Smooth Bent Dublin with Bamboo and Boxwood (Double Flash)
Product Number: 002-630-0115
Roman Kovalev first smoked hundreds of fine pipes from artisans the world over before deciding to make them himself. He refers to this experience as his "pipe school," and, looking at the creations he now produces, I can't argue with his learning process. A native of Siberia, he is known for many accomplishments, including being a pediatric neurologist and a race car driver. Lucky for us, he turned his incredible mind to crafting artisanal pipes, and over the last 15 years, has become quite renowned and influential in the world of pipe making. His creativity and attention to detail are industry-leading, and his unique style so organic that it appears his pipes could have grown on trees.
That natural aesthetic is quite well represented by this bent Dublin, as Roman follows the grain of the briar perfectly to create a flared bowl, inflated rim, prominent heel, and svelte shank transition. A smooth finish and light, high-contrast stain accentuate tight straight grain all around the bowl, while dense clusters of birdseye fill the rim and heel. Kovalev uses bamboo in nearly all of his pipes, often in tight gnarly knuckles, but chooses a single, smoother stretch here, filling the nodules with boxwood for an extra touch of perfection. He has sleeved the bamboo's internals with briar, and added one of his hand-turned brass tenons to the saddle stem for a bespoke fit. Rendered in Nosewarmer length and light enough for easy clenching, it yet boasts substantial chamber capacity and thick insulating walls. Earning Roman's second-highest Double Flash grade to show how happy the Doctor was with how it came out, this pipe will make a deserving centerpiece in any collection.- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 4.81 in./122.17 mm.
- Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Russia