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Ichi Kitahara: Smooth Apple with Bamboo and Boxwood

Product Number: 002-340-0178

Ichi Kitahara is no stranger to bamboo work, yet the majority of his pieces that employ the natural medium tend to follow a more elegant, Japanese classic approach — keeping the extension slender as a reed and observing perfect balance between knuckles, shank, and stem. It's surprising then to see him working with the stouter, one-knuckle variety we see here; surprising, but still quite deft. By choosing this particular piece of bamboo, Ichi was able to continue the lines and form of the abbreviated shank more continuously, stretching outward until meeting the broad, pronounced knuckle near the stem base — lending the silhouette a touch more implied momentum. It's still superbly balanced in profile, however, with Ichi having countered the visual weight of the bowl by capping the end of the bamboo (where the knuckle is) with a warm boxwood mount. A gorgeous piece for collectors of the Japanese style.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.20 in./132.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.34 oz./38.10 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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