Grechukhin: Smooth Bent Apple with Polymerized Organics (G)
Product Number: 002-497-0195
Immediately recognizable as the work of Vladimir Grechukhin, this bent Apple exemplifies the robust muscularity and tight-knit, compact shaping that purveys the Russian master's portfolio. The bowl is affably plump and elegantly tapered for a comfortable in-hand feel, while the chamber is considerably broad. The shank offers a subtle dose of firm rigidity, having been shaped to a triangle — the resulting ridgelines at the bottom quite crisp while the one at the top is softly rounded. Though the proportions are quite hearty and substantial, the profile doesn't lack in flowing momentum through the bent stem, curled transition, and forward-canted, such dynamism contrasting against the stolid mass of the stummel. Grechukhin is a masterful craftsman, having taught numerous younger artisan and realized in his top-notch engineering. Such skill is showcased in this piece's contrast stain, highlighting the briar's windswept grain, and in the polymerized organics accent at the stem base, essentially a combination of bone material and resin for a uniquely striking touch. Said shaping, grain, and accent make it clear why this piece earned Vladimir's prestigious "G" grade.-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 4.55 in./115.57 mm.
- Weight: 1.86 oz./52.62 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Russia