Chris Asteriou: Sandblasted Natural Tomato with Curly Birch

Product Number: 002-540-0165

Chris Asteriou is a Greek carver with a wide stylistic range, crafting anything from a classically composed English Billiard to a more whimsical, Danish-inspired Freehand. Asteriou's creative range showcases his particularly deep knowledge of pipe making and its long history, understanding the exact specifications required to appropriately render any given shape. His work is further commended by his impressive finishing work and affinity for stylish accent materials, often favoring warm hardwoods or classic sterling silver. His background in architecture and industrial design explains how his pipes are so well engineered, designed and carved for the purpose of being high-quality smoking instruments.

We've seen a number of Tomato renditions from Asteriou over the years, but this particular rendition is especially striking dressed in the warm, Natural sandblasted finish. The sandblast cloaks the bowl in subtle, rippling waves of growth rings while also providing a craggy texture that's a sensory delight for the fingers. The bright curly birch accent at the shank end complements the sandstone hues of the stummel and adds a touch of textural diversity to the overall composition. Shape wise, this piece features a plump, broad bowl that's relatively squat, with a pronounced, forward-ebbing heel that lends the design a sense of momentum. The shank gently flares coming out of the robust, tight-knit transition and gracefully curls upward before giving way to a saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite. The soft curvature through the shank and stem offer a subtle visual contrast in profile against the plump proportions of the bowl, making for a rather dynamically shaped piece. Light and rather charming, this piece will make a welcome addition to any collector's rotation.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.46 in./138.68 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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