Grechukhin: Smooth Freehand Sitter with Sandblasted Morta

Product Number: 002-497-0222

Vladimir Grechukhin's perspective on pipemaking results in something of an unconventional approach, as the carver often makes choices that subvert the status quo in an understated, but often revolutionary way. He's done so here, with this Freehand Sitter, lending the piece a charmingly flared shank extension comprised of jet-black morta, and the first time we've ever encountered the material as an accent in this way. He's paired said shank with a smooth, contrast-stained briar bowl, making use of the morta to throw focus to the bowl itself.

This inherent duality as a result of being rendered from morta and briar is echoed in the nature of the shaping itself, too. The bowl exhibits an organic sense of forward-inclined power, drawn by the craggy region of plateau at the heel, while the tightly-knit shank shows a sleek, streamlined disposition. And Grechukhin's genius shows in exactly how he made use of the semi-fossilized oak here, as the lightweight material afforded him the ability to lend quite a bit of length to the pipe without imbuing an undue amount of actual weight. Not only is the piece fluid in terms of aesthetic totality; it's unequivocally functionalist. Vladimir just started something — something we'll certainly see again.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.12 in./155.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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