Chris Asteriou: Sandblasted Tomato with Bamboo and Boxwood (11/16)

Product Number: 002-540-0054

Asteriou, like the other young Greeks, broke onto the scene by merit of great executions of the classics. And if pipemaking were just about money, I suppose the lot of them could have just stuck with that — but they haven't. Chris like, his fellow twenty-to-thirty-something pipemaking Hellenes, has used skill at creating classic shapes as a foundation to work in more modern and eclectic shapes. As such I wasn't the least bit surprised to see that this latest Asteriou batch consisted entirely of pipes with a more contemporary design basis: a smooth and active Strawberry, a demi-Churchwarden that appears to have more than a bit of Sixten's Peewit in its heritage, and, here, a sleek and low-slung Tomato supported by stout knuckles of bamboo — a shape that I'd wager took a good share of inspiration from the works of Japanese artisans.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 1.41 oz./39.92 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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