Dasha Florov: Smooth Tomato with Bamboo and Juma

Product Number: 002-797-0017

Both Dasha Florov and her father, Alex, entered renditions of the Tomato into this year's American Pipemaking Exposition. The two carvers have also been experimenting with juma — a composite material often seen in knife handles (and occasionally in pipemaking) — and their Expo entries showcase this material alongside bamboo. Though these two pieces make for a handsome pairing, worthy of a two pipe set, both designs are distinct and uniquely creative.

Dasha's Tomato is presented here, the bowl being significantly more forward-urging and Egg-like compared to Alex's squat and bulbous iteration. She's clearly shaped the form according to the grain: A band of straight grain flows up the flanks and around the rim's fore, conforming to the canted waistline of the bowl and leaving a sea of vivid birdseye about the front.

Behind, then, the shank is extended with three knuckles of bamboo that, in profile and from above, appear clean-lined and straight. Upon further examination, though, the organic section actually twists on itself, poising the oval faces on either end at contrasting angles. At these ends, Dasha has separated the bamboo from the briar and stem with subtly shimmering, bronze-hued rings of juma. The stem is of the same striking material but showcases a creamy white color, echoed by the accenting nodules across the bamboo, and a stunning visual texture that calls to mind the scales of snakeskin.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.38 in./162.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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