Konstantin Shekita: Sandblasted Reverse Calabash Snail with Mammoth Tobacco Pipe
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
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