Ray Kurusu: Smooth Apple with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-637-0029

An incredibly compact Nosewarmer with some thoroughly plump proportions, this Apple from Ray Kurusu measures in at just over a mere three and a half inches in length. That said, the bowl's low-set waistline keeps the form substantial in hand, and the shank's hearty disposition maintains this muscularity, rivaling the bowl in regards to the piece's visual weight. It's a design we've seen several times before from the Japanese carver, and though quite diminutive, the design does well to showcase Kurusu's inclination toward organic forms, often imbued with a whimsical accenting touch. In this piece, that playfulness isn't displayed so much in the shape as it is in Ray's use of boxwood: The shank end bears a wedding band of the pale material, while the base of the cumberland saddle stem features a slivered boxwood ringlet that spins in place around the mouthpiece. It makes for a lovely, tactile accent that remains subtle when combined with the piece's overall traditional profile.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 3.52 in./89.41 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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