Michail Kyriazanos: Smooth Rhodesian with Buddha Belly Bamboo

Product Number: 002-629-0068

Though Michail Kyriazanos is no stranger to the use of bamboo, this seems to be the first piece we've seen from the Greek carver sporting a shank composed of the considerably stouter, smoother Buddha belly bamboo. Eric previously made the observation that this form of the medium generally seems to work better when paired with a sandblasted finish (as the rough blasted texture makes for a pleasant contrast to the smooth, undulating material), but here Michail has employed it with remarkable success to a smooth-polished, forward-moving Rhodesian. In doing so, he chose to make use of the stuff's robustness by presenting a form that complements it, rather than highlighting an inherent contrast. The subtle lift and implied forward motion of the bowl, the gentle turn of the transition, and inflation of the shank all serve to render the accent material as anything but out of place. A singular contrasting element is found in the lightly down-turned saddle stem, offering plenty of negative space to reinforce the forward visual balance of the composition.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.59 in./116.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.18 in./29.97 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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