Doctor's: Smooth Brandy with Bamboo and Tulipwood (Double Flash) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-630-0145

Adorning pipes with bamboo is not a new phenomenon; however, its style has progressed greatly over the decades. First utilized by pipe makers during WWII, bamboo extended the shanks of many classic shapes as a means of rationing briar. Briar had become scarce during the turmoil of war, with many of its source countries ravaged by conflict and its cutters supporting the war effort, so the less briar that factories could use on a given pipe, the more pipes they could make. Dunhill was one such example, and the English workshop's bamboo-adorned pipes were called "Whangees" — the same title used for bamboo canes. In this era, though, bamboo was incorporated as a means to an end, its focus practical and utilitarian, not particularly stylistic or aesthetic.

That approach changed, however, in later years, particularly with the onset of Sixten Ivarsson and the artisan pipe-making movement. These pipe makers saw bamboo and other accenting materials as an extension of a pipe's aesthetic composition, not merely a practical means of saving briar. In the decades since, numerous artisans have furthered the evolution of bamboo and other materials used in pipe making, and Roman Kovalev of Doctor's Pipes in particular has advanced the usage of bamboo, prioritizing disuniform sections that in years past would have been discarded for their gnarly nature and the difficult craftsmanship required to incorporate them into a pipe.

Fitting well into Kovalev's recognizable style, this Brandy is a compact, lightweight pipe of disparate proportions. The bamboo accent is sleek and slender, drawing focus to the robust bowl up front. With rounded walls and a tight transition, the bowl is prominent in profile and generous of chamber capacity — not to mention its stunning combination of vertical grain and horizontal growth rings peeking out from underneath a natural finish. Compared to his other works, the bamboo used by Kovalev is rather reserved, though the knuckles are distinctively canted, and the nodes are sealed with tulip wood to match the shank end cap.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.75 in./120.65 mm.
  • Weight: 1.49 oz./42.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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