Grechukhin: Partially Sandblasted Bent Apple with Ivorite

Product Number: 002-497-0275

This bent Apple is readily recognizable as the work of Russian artisan Vladimir Grechukhin and exemplifies his penchant for muscular, robust proportions. Measuring barely over four inches in length, it's also a compact Nosewarmer with the stem's gentle bend promising excellent balance for hands-free smoking. Not only does this piece highlight Grechukhin's dynamic shaping style, it brilliantly showcases his expert use of dual finishes and skilled accent work. Shape-wise, the bowl is pleasantly plump, effortlessly filling the palm with its substantial size and displaying a great deal of cheeking around the transition.

Just as visually striking as the chubby bowl is the dramatically flaring, abbreviated shank with the domed base of the downturned stem complementing the supple curves of the bowl and the rounded shank face. Firm ridgelines traverse the length of the shank's underside, coming to a point along the bowl's base, further accentuating the bowl's chubbiness. In terms of finish, the Russian artisan has treated the stummel to a remarkably craggy sandblast, showcasing the briar's excellent cross-cut pattern. A pale Ivorite ring adorns the stem base, standing out in stark contrast against the stummel's extra-dark stain. It's a fabulous piece that demonstrates Grechukhin's immense talent and is perfect for those who prefer compact pipes that offer plenty of substance in hand.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.15 in./105.41 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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