Between this Dublin and the Acorn appearing in this same Michail Kyriazanos batch, I suspect Michail has been lately experimenting with unusual things to do with bamboo. In the Acorn the unusual thing mostly had to do with a tricky color combination: very dark bamboo paired to a medium/light contrast finish on the briar. In this case we have a more conventional pairing of shades and tones, but an unusual direction with the shape-nature of the bamboo itself. It is very straight, very even, and has only a single knuckle placed right up against the base of the stem.
Bamboo is typically used on artisanal pipes for its organic form, its natural asymmetries. In this pipe Michail went completely different, and the bamboo serves as an element of largely controlled, direct form. I say "largely" because there is still that small matter of the knuckle, which is important. It's important because that one knuckle, scrunched up at the end there, is a big part of what makes this design work. It works because that one, compressed knuckle is what makes the bamboo echo the bowl itself: a very controlled and symmetrical Dublin form, except right at the very end, the very top, where the natural plateau was left to waver and roll, and form the rim.
- Eric N. Squires
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