Grechukhin: Smooth Blowfish (Collaboration with J. Alan) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-497-0232

On one of his trips to visit Vladimir Grechukhin in St. Petersburg, Jeff Gracik brought a few stummels that he had shaped. Vladimir had prepared a few of his own, and the two carvers exchanged and finished them there in the Russian artisan's workshop, so they were collaborative efforts, one of which is shown here. It's a relatively short pipe, but with enormous vertical presence, especially noticeable through the shank, which rises to half the height of the bowl and is complex in its shaping. Its curved sides meet flattened panels above and below while it expands in the vertical and, to a lesser extent, the horizontal, an expansion that is continued through the base of the stem before it flattens to a brief saddle configuration.

As is typically seen with the Blowfish shape, a panel curves along the underside of the shank, traverses the heel, and then arcs around the fore of the bowl to join the rim, and beyond that it descends to the transition. In this composition, that paneled briar contracts along the far side into a thin band, permitting the domed flanks of the left and right to dominate the shape. The right dome is in a somewhat oval shape, while the left describes a teardrop with a concise spur at its lowest point, introducing a neat structural element in conjunction with the smooth ridgelines that define the flank.

Throughout all of this remarkable shaping is excellent grain highlighted by a mahogany contrast stain, with the dynamic variations of birdseye left and right, and horizontal grain along the paneled briar that defines the circumference of the pipe. Grechukhin and Gracik have clearly combined their skills in a dynamic that elevates each of their strengths, and the Blowfish proffered here is evidence that they should collaborate more often.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 2.94 oz./83.46 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.26 in./57.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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