Michail Kyriazanos: Smooth Tomato with Buddha Belly Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-629-0145

Greek artisan Michail Kyriazanos takes inspiration from the Anglo-French marques of years past, holding a deeply-ingrained respect for a shaping tradition he sees as being committed to excellent functionality and aesthetic perfection without excess. His commitment to this style of shaping without superfluousness is even reflected in his logo, a re-imagined homage to Cycladic art figurines which are the oldest known intentionally minimalist art, and in his pipe making work as well. This Tomato is a wonderful example of that style, accented solely by a dense length of Buddha belly bamboo which has been fitted to the trim shank. At well under four and a half inches, this pipe packs an incredible amount of substance in an extremely small package, more than compact enough to slip easily into a pocket. The bowl here is supple and soft in its roundness, with plenty of curves to its walls which ensure a comfortable feel in hand, and presents with a charming chubbiness that keeps the eye wanting to wander toward it. That being said, the visual weight of this pipe is very well balanced, with the thick stretch of bamboo paired to the shank not only matching its heartiness, but adding both visual and textural appeal through its three rhythmic knuckles. These knuckles are matched in their flow by an expansion ring which adorns the stem's base, the bit offering some sleekness out back. Dressing this pipe is a warm, deep auburn stain that unveils shadowy wisps of flame grain encircling the bowl, with birdseye peppering the rim and completely coating the underside, all while the pale hues of the bamboo offer rich contrast.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.37 in./111.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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