Grechukhin: Sandblasted Twisted Calabash with Boxwood and Cocobolo (Collaboration with J. Alan)

Product Number: 002-497-0120

When two pipe makers collaborate on a project, the results can be both interesting and innovative. It allows carvers to explore a direction they might not have considered before, to experiment with techniques or practices they've always wanted to try. And it also affords us, the pipe smoker, the opportunity to witness a fusion of styles and aesthetics we just wouldn't find otherwise.

Tokutomi, Tom Eltang, Former, Konstantin Shekita, Nanna Ivarsson. For six years now, Grechukhin has worked with some of the top carvers in the world to create innovative, beautiful designs unlike anything else on the market. Among those names, however, there is one that appears more often than any: Jeff Gracik of J.Alan Pipes.

Both extremely talented artisans, Jeff and Vladimir have similar influences, and while each has his own unique aesthetic, both of their styles are quite compatible. What's interesting about their collaboration in particular, however, is the degree of spontaneity in their final designs. Sure plans are often drawn, sketches are made, and research is done. But most of the time these collaboration pieces are done on the fly — something of a game almost, with either carver trading the block to the other on the shaping wheel, adding their own unique flare with each pass. That's how the Grechukhin International Project works. And that's how pieces like this Twisted Calabash are born.

A touch of Vladimir's Ballerina-like shaping to the fore of the bowl, strong J.Alan industrial lines out back, and a whole lot of cues we've yet to see from either artisan. the result is one of a kind. and simply beautiful.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.79 in./147.07 mm.
  • Weight: 3.33 oz./94.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.51 in./63.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Calabash
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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