Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Bent Apple (Kikuchi) (B)

Product Number: 002-623-4421

Just a few seconds ago I was describing an Asami Kikuchi Ikebana, and, doing what I do best (stating the patently obvious), addressed Kikuchi's talent with the sandblaster. With the previous pipe, a Rhodesian, I waxed at length about her acumen in matters of pairing the depth of a given blast to a specific shape. What type of grain might look best on a charmingly compact, quite modernist, little gem of a sphere? Dang! 'Splitting the difference' between an American depth blast and a more Japanese/Danish style, the rings are as concentric and tactile as we usually see in the former, but without any tear/rag that usually crops up in deeper territory. Kikuchi's near life-long fascination with the possible tactile sensations and visual delights inherent in small wooden objects, certainly served her well with this bent Ball; even at a mere 4.6" in length, the bowl fills the hand in a fine manner, the rings feel superb. and what a great shape.

--R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.64 in./117.86 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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