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

Product Number: 002-630-0123

Doctor's pipes are carved by Roman Kovalev, and appropriately named given he worked as a Neurosurgeon before becoming fascinated by pipes. Kovalev entered the craft as a passionate collector of fine pipes, and attributes much of his inspiration to a thorough examination and appreciation of superb pieces he acquired from the best artisans around the world. He often works with bespoke accents and unusual pieces of bamboo, both represented well in this organic Tomato rendition.

A pleasingly plump bowl protects the chamber with thick, insulating walls, its rotund features overshadowing the stout shank but without seeming cumbersome, a profile amplified by the stubby Nosewarmer length of the piece. Nestling securely in hand, it offers a comforting presence but is in no way bulky, a perfect balance of substance and form that seems impossible until experienced firsthand.

A design this round is hard to shape when you are after fine grain definition, but Roman pulls it off masterfully, bringing out tight, uniform flame grain all around the bowl's perimeter and a mesmerizing field of birdseye on the broad heel. A smooth blond finish proves the grain's perfection in perpetuity, for a composition that easily earns Kovalev's esteemed Double Flash grade. While many carver's eschew gnarly pieces of bamboo, he takes delight in incorporating them in his designs, and I share in that exuberance when I see pieces like this. The highly textural bamboo shank is framed by a thin vulcanite ring at the transition and a pale boxwood accent at the stem junction — matching the boxwood nodes adorning the bamboo itself — while a meticulously handcrafted vulcanite saddle stem extends gently to offer a comfortable perch between the lips. Fit and finish are superlative inside and out, making this pipe an excellent choice for the discerning collector.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.41 in./112.01 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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