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Grechukhin: Smooth Asymmetric Acorn with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-497-0137

I don't know what Vladimir Grechukhin's opinion may be on the subject of Monty Python's Flying Circus, but he seems to be having an "and now for something completely different!" moment here. This is only the second Acorn we've seen from Grechukhin, and it is indeed completely different from the other one (which was a 2014 piece). It is also quite thoroughly unlike any of his Dublins that we've carried, the next-closest basic shape classification. The asymmetry applied to its design is unusual in itself — very wave-like, with a rolling and lapping gesture, something more often associated with shapes like asymmetric Volcanoes. I actually suspect this may nonetheless be one of those cases where Grechukhin actually took inspiration from other pipes, rather than his usual influences, which come from automotive and industrial design. If I hadn't already known this was a Grechukhin, I probably would have thought it was the work of a Japanese artisan. Yoshirou Ohi of the Tsuge Ikebana workshop comes to mind, since he too does beautiful work with rolling-wave asymmetry, though I haven't seen him use bamboo as of yet, and compared to Ohi's comparable pieces, Vladimir has worked into this briar's composition a more aggressive stance and cant.

- Eric N. Squires
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.77 in./146.56 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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