Ping Zhan: Smooth Blowfish Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-654-0053

Born in 1979 in Dailan, China, Ping Zhan originally made a career as a software engineer. However, he began pursue his lifelong dream of creating three-dimensional artworks. During this time, he became more cognizant of pipe smoking and how pipes represented functional sculptures, leading him to begin carving pipes in 2011. An autodidact, Zhan is primarily influenced by Japanese and Danish artisans, resulting in his unique style of imaginative Freehands that exude gesture and softness. Additionally, Zhan often incorporates accents such as horn and bamboo into his pieces, imbuing them with a gorgeous organic aesthetic.

This Blowfish is a exceptional showcase of Ping Zhan's sublime line work. From the sharp, protruding lines around the transition to the soft, demure ridges that frame the shapely flanks, every line on this piece is absolutely exquisite. Furthermore, the astonishing array of wrapping ridges and sweeping lines serve to frame striking grain: cross grain sweeps from the bowl, down the fore, along the underside, and up to the sharp zenith on the shank face in an unbroken arc; mesmerizing swirls of tightly-packed bridseye abound on right flank, terminating exactly at the crisp border; even a delicate line arcs upward into the swath of plateau on the left flank, making the rugged abberation feel like a natural continuation of Zhan's flowing lines. Additionally, every wisp of grain is dressed in a vibrant honey-blonde stain, imbuing this piece with stunning organic appeal. Out back a brass military mount is shaped to fit the angled shank face, with a jet-black vulcanite stem providing a familiar, comfortable clench. Undoubtedly, this Blowfish by Ping Zhan is one of the finest renditions of the shape I have ever beheld.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.29 in./134.37 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.42 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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