Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Bent Brandy (Ohi) (H) (069) (2014)

Product Number: 002-623-4581

Consisting of three individual artisans each fashioning their own pipes, the Tsuge Ikebana is a unique cooperative within artisan pipe making. 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. Yoshirou Ohi here presents a bent Brandy rendition. Out of the three Ikebana artisans, Ohi produces the most sandblasted pipes, his portfolio dominated by stunning grain definition and concise texture. The Japanese carver original enjoyed a career working in the manufacture of precision automotive parts, and such familiarity and aptitude with machinery has served him well as a pipe maker — the craft often requiring artisans to create new tools, or at least modify existing ones.

In this particular bent Brandy, Ohi has maintained the traditional form's characteristically plump, tapering bowl, but has incorporated accenting touches to make for an individual piece. Most noticeable in profile is the drooping heel. Not only does such a stylistic element accentuate the bowl's plumpness and visual separate from the shank, but it also provides a natural feel in hand, the heel resting comfortably in the palm. The shank, then, retains the bowl's robustness in profile, but from above reveals a subtly compressed nature at the flanks, trimming down the design a touch. Beautifully crafted, this is a larger piece with plenty of chamber depth, and the sandblast finish is perfect for such a size, offering ample surface area on which to appreciate Ohi's deft finishing ability.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.53 in./165.86 mm.
  • Weight: 3.90 oz./110.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.47 in./62.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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