Ping Zhan: Partially Rusticated Reverse Calabash Bent Apple with Horn

Product Number: 002-654-0004

Given that Ping Zhan's stem & bit work would be considered dauntingly advanced if presented by a carver with more than a decade of practice, the fact that he only turned his creative force towards pipes less than three years ago elevates this accomplishment to impossible (had I not actually laid eyes on it). Creating a reverse-Calabash isn't something I would expect a newer carver to tackle either, much less "nail". If they did, I surely wouldn't expect a brilliant incorporation within a briar of only 3.73" (not a typo) in length, and yet Ping pulled it off with aplomb.

I find the shape and rustication pattern of this reverse-Calabash apple quite reminiscent of a garden snail; it isn't a huge leap to picture this cutie making its slow way from the shade-to-shade created by overhead foliage. Despite its diminutive length, this "Snapple" (heh) is a joy in the paw, requiring about as much effort as a bent Brandy in order to achieve the perfect grip, combine that with a weight of less than 40 grams, and the fact this is a reverse-Calabash. Ping Zhan has created a breakthrough (and a winner).

-- R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 3.73 in./94.74 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.97 in./24.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Partial Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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