Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Acorn (Fukuda) (L) (022) (2019)

Product Number: 002-623-4587

Kazuhiro Fukuda is a master artisan, having been a former student of the legendary Sixten Ivarsson in the 1960s and has dedicated decades to the craft. Fukuda supervises the Tsuge Ikebana workshop and notably mentored fellow Ikebana artisan Asami Kikuchi when she joined in 2013. The Ikebana name literally translates to "living flowers" and refers to the highest form of Japanese flower arrangements — designed to instill peace and encourage an appreciation of the natural world. It's a fitting name for the workshop as each piece promotes that same appreciation for natural beauty with this Acorn from Fukuda serving as an excellent example.

This offering is steeped in the Danish pipe making tradition, especially in its display of supple curves, flowing lines, and overall minimalist aesthetic. It's also a robust, muscular interpretation with the bowl's curvaceousness providing a pleasant, inviting feel in hand. Said bowl displays a touch of forward urging momentum, guided by its canted disposition and rises from its lifted heel toward its high-set waistline before terminating at the neatly chamfered interior of the inner rim. The thick, hearty shank continues the bowl's robustness, subtly flaring outward from the transition before culminating in the wide shank face. The stem's disc-shaped base mirrors the line around the chamfered rim while its smaller diameter in relation to the shank directs attention to the stummel. The grain orientation is superb as Fukuda expertly shaped this block to maximize its potential, leaving a gorgeous array of lively flame grain to wrap around the bowl and sides of the shank. It's been dressed in a vibrant, honey-blonde contrast stain that further thrusts the grain into the spotlight. A stellar piece that demonstrates Fukuda's immense skill and why Ikebana pipes are widely respected.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.72 in./145.29 mm.
  • Weight: 2.90 oz./82.21 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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