Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Bent Dublin (Fukuda) (M) (115) (2014)

Product Number: 002-623-4558

Kazuhiro Fukuda supervises Tsuge Ikebana, having been a former student of Sixten Ivarsson. Comprised of Fukuda, Kikuchi, and Ohi, Tsuge Ikebana features the work of all three carvers united under the workshop's name. Ikebana literally means "living flowers" and takes its inspiration from a traditional form of flower arrangements, highly respected in Japan. Like the flowers for which it's name, the Japanese workshop encourages an appreciation for natural forms and the peacefulness they instill — with the focus, obviously, centered on the organic nature of handmade artisan pipes.

Made by Fukuda himself, this bent Dublin fits in well to the Japanese master's penchant for bulbous, organic shapes and subtle asymmetry. Pinched of transition and pronounced of heel, the design displays a wasp-waisted motif, the bowl and shank visually separated. Though seemingly disparate, the two elements manifest similar shaping cues — the shank curling and flaring into the rounded, bulbous end, while the bowl boasts a similarly muscular plumpness. Having following the stunning flame grain, Fukuda orientated the bowl slightly right-ward, echoed by the oblong nature of the chamfered rim for a dose of accenting asymmetry that combines well with the organic profile. Dressed in one of his vibrant contrast stains, the briar is highlighted in beautiful, glossy array — the only presentation worthy of such a gorgeous display and shape.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.64 in./143.26 mm.
  • Weight: 2.80 oz./79.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.11 in./53.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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