Grechukhin: Sandblasted Bent Apple with Ivorite

Product Number: 002-497-0297

Vladimir Grechukhin is a much-admired Russian carver, so much so that his particular pipe-making aesthetic of muscular, compact designs is called the St. Petersburg design style. This forward-urging bent Apple is a fine example of that shaping aesthetic, its bulbous, organic bowl expanding into a softly rounded rim and high waistline that's rather Acorn-like.

The lifting heel of this pocket-friendly piece sweeps through the shank's undercurve as it rises gradually toward the abbreviated saddle stem and is marked by a crisp, framing ridgeline on the left. The right side of the shank remains curved for a playful, half-lenticular design. The stummel is dressed in a dark-ruby sandblast, highlighting the briar's natural growth rings, while a trim ring of Ivorite at the shank end both lightens the composition and lends further organicism. A compact, robust design, this piece is stunning and is sure to be the centerpiece of a discerning collector's rotation.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.01 in./127.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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