GH.ZHANG: Sandblasted Long Shank Bent Apple (Ping Zhan) (13) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-937-0184

Guo Hui Zhang's passion for pipes began with his work as an importer and purveyor of pipe-making materials. Zhang's understanding of large-scale pipe logistics inspired an exciting idea: the mass production of high-quality, artisan pipes. In 2017, he opened the GH Zhang workshop and partnered with pipe makers around the world to achieve his vision. Each GH Zhang pipe is designed by a famous artisan pipe maker and shaped on a CNC machine before being finished by hand and fitted with stems by the team at GH Zhang. Offering more than 40 shapes in smooth and sandblasted finishes, GH Zhang presents pipe smokers with a rare opportunity to procure artisan-style pipes at an accessible price.

Hailing from Dalian, China, Ping Zhan is among the most well-known and highly regarded pipe makers working today. Zhan began carving pipes in 2011 and draws much of his inspiration from the Danish and Japanese schools of pipe design, displaying a keen eye for sleek lines and inventive shaping. Zhan's work often possesses a distinctively organic sensibility, which this "13" long-shanked bent Apple admirably displays. The shank and stem here take on a dynamic posture, with the shank itself curling out of a wide transition, its ovoid shaping and striking length paired here to a demurely curved saddle stem of black vulcanite. The striking length of the shank and stem here pull a good bit of the visual weight away from the bowl, balancing the composition well while providing a comfortable smoking posture. Up front, the bowl itself showcases a remarkable asymmetry, its build cinching toward the rim on the left flank, while the right features a more consistent rounding. This asymmetry slants the rim slightly toward the left, drawing the eye to the bowl while simultaneously presenting with an impressive subtlety. Dressed in a crisp auburn sandblast, the stummel offers plenty of engaging texture for the fingers to explore.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.80 in./147.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.26 oz./35.83 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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