Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Bent Apple (Kikuchi) (G) (068) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-623-4719

The three artisans that work out of the small Ikebana workshop in Japan are incredibly talented individuals, each given the freedom to craft shapes that are utterly their own and in styles that reflect their own sensibilities. Of the three, Asami Kikuchi is the youngest, though she honed her artistic talent for many years before joining the team and, once there, was mentored for a full year by the head of the workshop Kazuhiro Fukuda, who was taught by Sixten Ivarsson and boasts over 40 years of experience. This bent Apple from Kikuchi is a lovely piece that is rich with fluid curves and a stout robustness that makes it an impressive presence in hand.

Despite its hearty construction, this pipe is yet possessed of a fluid curvature through its shank and stem that belies the striking presence of the bowl. Said bowl is the center of the visual weight in this composition, sat atop a sweeping, lifted heel which marks the start of its flaring walls, walls which expand out to a low-set waistline that's beautifully rounded for a comfortable feel in hand. From this waist, the walls take on an arcing taper toward the rim, its curving walls taking on a dynamic forward cant as they rise to a softly domed rim finished smooth. The thick walls of the bowl surround and insulate a capacious chamber that's great for leisurely smoking sessions, and the aft side of the bowl gives way to a wide, cheeked transition and thick, curling shank. Said shank flares out into an expansive ovoid shape, meeting a sleek saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite that's smartly curved into a comfortable smoking posture, the slender bit maintaining the bowl-forward visual weight as the shank provides some balance. Dressed in a crisp, inky sandblast, the stummel here showcases handsome grain throughout, with rippling ring grain cascading down the bowl, all while the rim's light, smooth surfaces offer rich contrast.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 2.78 oz./78.93 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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