Konstantin Shekita: Sandblasted Reverse Calabash Snail with Mammoth

Product Number: 002-600-0043

The Snail is a shape I don't see every day, or hardly ever for that matter, and highly interpretive when it does cross my desk. I guess it should come as no surprise to receive one from Konstantin Shekita, and a reverse Calabash at that, given the Ukrainian artisan's penchant for the bold and creative.

The head and neck of this snail are rendered as a forward-urging, flared bowl akin to a gestural Dublin, reducing to a pinched transition before swelling to a plump reverse Calabash chamber that forms the snail's shell. To say it is an interesting design would be an understatement, as it is a substantial reversal of expectations in terms of shaping, with the shank larger than the bowl, capped by an eye-catching mammoth accent. The broad saddle stem tops the piece, sprouting almost straight up before curling at the lip button to offer a comfortable smoking posture. The inventive design is dressed in a low-profile sandblast and ink-black stain that accentuates stimulating growth rings without drawing attention away from the bespoke shaping.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.02 in./102.11 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ukraine
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