Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Tomato with Bamboo (Kikuchi) (F) (2018)

Product Number: 002-623-4562

My personal favorite in today's selection of Tsuge Ikebana briars, this Tomato from Asami Kikuchi is a stellar display of fetching curves and naturalesque cues, drawing inspiration from the Danish school and the carver's own history as an artist specializing in tactile experiences. Indeed, it boasts a look that hearkens back to a certain shape designed by Nanna Ivarsson for Stanwell to my eye, only rendered with a bit more emphasis on a round sense of inflation at the bowl, making for an interesting showcase of stellar flame and birdseye, along with a comforting feel in hand. Said curve-imbued bowl is paired to three knuckles of bamboo at the shank extension, the eye guided to them by way of a neatly-tucked transition. At the other end of things, Asami's opted for a gently-downturned saddle stem, serving to frame the silhouette marvelously. An awesome piece.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.66 in./169.16 mm.
  • Weight: 2.24 oz./63.50 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.08 in./27.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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