Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Bent Dublin (Fukuda) (H) (242) (2014) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-623-4641
Ikebana is a collective of Japanese artisans that share a workshop and craft pipes under the Ikebana brand. The workshop was founded after Tsuge sent a group of their carvers to Denmark to study under the esteemed Sixten Ivarsson. One of the members on that initial Denmark trip was Kazuhiro Fukuda, who is now the supervisor of the Ikebana workshop. He's spent decades crafting pipes, and his work showcases a particular affinity for soft curves, elegant lines, and gorgeous, almost breathtaking finishes, all of which are on display with this striking bent Dublin.
Tall and muscular, the bowl here is hoisted at the fore of the composition by a dramatically lifted heel, which pushes the bowl upward and outward, and lends the entire composition a dynamic, active stance in profile. The bowl flares from the aforementioned heel to a broad, softly inflated rim encircled by a wrapping ridgeline, while the shank curls away from the low-set transition and broadens into a slender saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite out back. The bowl's upward expansion is mirrored by the shank's vertical widening, creating a visual symmetry between both ends of the stummel. The bowl, even given its impressive size and substantial build, is nicely balanced by the shank and stem in profile, resulting in thoroughly comfortable in-hand fit. Furthermore, the slightly wide transition provides plenty of space to drape a thumb, and the downturn of the mouthpiece offers a comfortable smoking posture from which to enjoy the bowl's capacious chamber. A handsome blonde smooth finish dresses the stummel and highlights fine tendrils of flame grain across the flanks of the bowl as they reach toward a rim awash in birdseye.--Davin Hylton
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
- Weight: 2.30 oz./65.32 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.34 in./59.44 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Japan