Lv Zelong: Smooth Blowfish Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-919-0002

After taking up pipe smoking as a hobby in 2009, Chinese artisan Lv Zelong became enamored with the craft of pipe making itself, being especially drawn to artful shaping and briar's natural beauty. When setting out to try carving his own pipes, Zelong sought tutelage from Ping Zhan and Lan Zhenjun, two seasoned artisan makers in China. Zelong takes inspiration from Zhan and Zhenjun, as well as Tom Eltang and other Danish icons, though his pipes are singularly his own, both in fit and finish. With special attention paid to his staining and airway-funneling techniques, Zelong's work places an emphasis on aesthetics and engineering, resulting in pipes that are as handsome as they are functional.

The Blowfish is a notoriously difficult shape to craft, requiring a keen eye for detail, grain patterning, and line work. Zelong, of course, possesses all these necessary requirements, as evidenced by this truly stunning interpretation of the shape. As is typical for the form, this piece exudes a playful asymmetry, thank to the uneven ridgelines that sweep across the bowl and shank. These ridgelines, in addition to unevenly bifurcating the stummel, accentuate the bowl's bulbous flanks and add a structural firmness to the shape's supple and gestural silhouette. While this piece is dressed in a smooth, ruby-hued finish, its boast a field of craggy plateau that covers one side of the stummel and emphasizes the shape's asymmetrical motif. Visually captivating and stunningly presented, this piece is a masterful bit of artisan pipe making that will no doubt become a favorite among any pipe smoker's collection.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.91 in./124.71 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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