Dasha Florov: Smooth Long Shank Apple

Product Number: 002-797-0001

Compared to her father's more complex, sculptural approach to pipe making, this piece from Dasha Florov could be seen as relatively restrained. That's not to say it's any less impressive, as simple, minimalist compositions such as this are often even more difficult to pull off; each line, each curve is lent more weight with respect to the piece as a whole, and any deviation could ruin the flow overall. All things considered, I'd say she's nailed the shape here, pairing a near-spherical bowl to a long, lifting shank — keeping the silhouette soft and elegant through a lifting heel and a domed stem base. Given the sheer plumpness of the bowl, it unsurprisingly fits quite naturally in the hand, the bowl's supple curvature filling the palm beautifully. What's more, Dasha's done all of that while still paying careful attention to grain orientation; with strong licks of flame engulfing all sides, and birdseye set in fiery contrast below, it's an exceptional piece through and through.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.26 in./159.00 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.10 in./53.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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