Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Bent Egg with Bamboo (Kikuchi) (DE) (009) (2020)

Product Number: 002-623-4577

Tsuge Ikebana is something of an outlier within artisan pipe making in that the workshop is comprised of three individual artisans, each fashioning their own pipes yet sharing the unifying Tsuge name, with Ikebana meaning "Living Flowers" — an appropriate name for a workshop that produces such gorgeous pipes, often imbued with organic styling. While all three artisans fall under the Tsuge Ikebana umbrella, they also personally stamp their specific pipes and retain a level of aesthetic individuality, creating a beautiful blend of autonomy and community.

This bent Egg was fashioned by Asami Kikuchi, a former student of Tama Art University, one of Japan's most illustrious art schools, who apprenticed under the workshop's master carver shortly after graduating. Asami has developed her own pipe making style, often catering to more slender designs that exude a good deal of dynamism and flowing momentum. This piece is a good example of such design cues — the three knuckles of bamboo subtly arched and the bowl seeming to inflate from out of the tight transition. It's a simple and effective design, cohesive as a composition in the balance between the bowl's roundness and the profile's curvature, and crafted with the care and quality of a more than capable artisan.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.97 in./151.64 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.05 in./52.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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