Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Apple with Bamboo (Kikuchi) (F) (067) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-623-4720

Meaning "living flowers" and named in reference to Japan's lauded flower-arrangement art form, Tsuge's Ikebana workshop comprises three artisans who individually carve pipes under the Ikebana name. A similar, organic aesthetic often unites the workshop's pipes, regularly showcasing distinctively Japanese interpretations of Danish shapes, yet each carver retains their own personal design style, with this Apple having been fashioned by Asami Kikuchi.

A lesson in contrast and juxtaposition, this Apple displays a robust, palm-filling bowl at the end of a comparatively slender shank and stem. Kikuchi tends to fashion pipes defined either by slender lines and svelte proportions or by compact robustness and gentle curvature, but she's combined both in this piece. The dark-stained bowl showcases mesmerizing growth rings that climb to the smooth-polished rim, while the bamboo-accented shank lends a touch of svelte refinement, the bamboo's three knuckles continuing their evenly spaced rhythm through the base of the hand-cut saddle stem.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.92 in./150.37 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.74 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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