Sergey Ailarov: Smooth Fish

Product Number: 002-789-0002

While Sergey's inspiration comes mainly from a beautiful piece of briar and his own imagination, he does note his appreciation and respect for the Danish tradition — particularly the work laid out by the Danish greats. We see that admiration readily on display here in this Fish rendition, most notably in the overall plump Apple base form and the use of the Ivarsson teardop line along the underside. That said, Sergey isn't one to merely emulate; he brings his own vision into each pipe he creates, so it comes to no surprise that he's made this Fish all his own.

The teardrop line, for example, is both more pronounced and a bit more dynamic, switching planes from the right flank to the left as it curls beneath the transition, climbing all the way up to the left side of the rim. Moreover, Sergey's created a similar ridge along the top of the shank, both emphasizing the quick, sweeping gesture in profile, as well as highlighting through juxtaposition the sheer plumpness and cheeking of the bowl itself. All in all, it can be seen as a more modernist variation on the classic Ivarsson shape — sharper of line and more dynamic of stance. And, like all of Ailarov's creations, it's beautifully grained to boot.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.14 in./130.56 mm.
  • Weight: 1.73 oz./48.99 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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