Sergey Ailarov: Smooth Bent Brandy with Horn

Product Number: 002-789-0005

When discussing his various pipe making influences, Sergey Ailarov of course cited the Danish greats, as well as many Japanese makers. Curiously enough, he also mentioned his fondness for the modern American school, commenting on how fast the aesthetic has developed and admiring the "interesting decisions" and solutions American carvers have come up with in recent years. I mention all of this, because this bent Brandy calls to mind the work of many of these young American artisans.

More specifically, this style of elongated horn mount is something Scott Klein and many others have experimented with quite a bit recently, using the material not merely as an accent or adornment but as an integral part of the composition as a whole: the shank. Sergey's really executed the theme well in this iteration, with the mount following a smooth, continuous flare from its abbreviated transition all the way to the disc-like stem base. Make no mistake, however; this isn't mere emulation. Ailarov has certainly put his own spin on it as well, keeping the overall bend slighter, with more of a downward turn to the mouthpiece, and further filling out the flanks with plump, Heeschen-esque cheeks. Excellent piece from Ailarov!

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.50 in./139.70 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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