Michail Kyriazanos: Smooth Strawberry with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-629-0150

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. Many of his works additionally showcase designs which call to mind both the Danish and Japanese styles of pipe making, and that is something well-represented by this Strawberry.

A shape we've very seldom seen from Kyriazanos in the past, the Strawberry is a unique variation of the Acorn shape which, in many of its iterations, emphasizes both the flare of the bowl and the heel upon which it stands. Here, both of those aspects are appropriately enhanced, with a taut, firm heel spur centering the visual weight at the fore and creating a sharp, organic shaping element. Above the heel, the bowl flares out impressively, coming to a broad, high-set waistline just below a soft taper to the rim, a crown of craggy plateau capping off the bowl's form and further highlighting the organic elements of this shape. Out back, a wide transition gives way to a a short, slightly tapered shank that diminishes into four knuckles of tightly-packed bamboo, this stretch of the dense grass flanked by a pair of black vulcanite rings. A sleek saddle stem pairs to the aft end of the fitment via an extended metal tenon, its black vulcanite taking on a demure downturn while an area on its base continues the divot present in the bamboo. Dressed in a light, warm stain, the stummel here showcases handsome grain throughout, with flame wrapping the bowl and birdseye dotting the underside.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.62 in./142.75 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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