Grechukhin: Sandblasted Strawberry Wood Bent Apple (S)

Product Number: 002-497-0258

Vladimir Grechukhin not only crafts his own artisan pipes, he also supervises and hand-shapes each pipe made under the Grechukhin Design name. The workshop features pipes that are handmade from start to finish, accented by materials such as ivorite and silver and occasionally rendered from strawberry wood. What makes this particular piece from Vladimir so special then, is that it's the first pipe we've ever received from the Russian master himself to be crafted from strawberry wood. Given his renowned reputation and decades of pipemaking experience, it was safe to assume Grechukhin would exceed everyone's already high expectations, but here he has delivered something exceptionally noteworthy.

This offering fits in well with his penchant for plump, robust shapes and is a truly standout piece in his already impressive portfolio. The bowl is incredibly chubby, almost beckoning to be cradled in hand and displays some Danish-esque cheeking around the transition. It catches the eye immediately, certainly benefiting from being paired to the lengthy, pinched shank that flares out before finishing at the saddle stem out back. However, I must admit that the star of the show is the finish and execution of the sandblast. Strawberry wood is renowned for the unique grain and wild patterns that can be unveiled through sandblasting, and such is the case here. Seemingly endless waves of ripping ring grain cascade down the rotund bowl and lengthy shank, dressed in one of Grechukhin's signature contrast stains, albeit in a noticeably more subtle iteration. Whether you're a long-time collector of Vladimir's work or looking to add a special, memorable artisan pipe to your arsenal, this is a tempting piece.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.77 in./146.56 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.12 in./53.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Strawberry Wood
  • Country: Russia
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