Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Bent Dublin (Kikuchi) (E) (025) (2021)

Product Number: 002-623-4623

One of three artisans at Tsuge Ikebana, Asami Kikuchi became fascinated with woodworking in college and began making small wooden sculptures. Needing access to a workshop, she reached out to Tsuge, became fascinated with handmade pipes, and soon apprenticed under resident master pipe maker Kazuhiro Fukuda, after which she became a full-time Ikebana carver.

Kikuchi's style tends toward sleek, minimalist renditions, with this bent Dublin being a fine example. The low-lying, forward-urging bowl is rounded and bulbous with a lifting heel and inflated rim, all of which indicate a hint of Danish shaping influence. The sweeping undercurve of the stummel harmonizes with that of the slender stem in the degree of supple bend for a rather dynamic profile that boasts plenty of momentum with the pipe's softened lines ebbing through the bowl. Though substantial in hand and appearing muscular when viewed from above, the Zulu-like silhouette is yet neat and tidy.

Asami has dressed this piece in a rich, vibrant contrast stain that does well to highlight a bevy of gorgeous birdseye enveloping the rim and shank, while vertical grain engulfs the bowl. This is an astonishing pipe on so many levels from a truly skilled and creative Ikebana artisan.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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