Dasha Florov: Smooth Standing Fish

Product Number: 002-797-0018

A highly organic, sculptural, and complex shape, this Standing Fish from Dasha Florov testifies to her creative eye and impressive craftsmanship. At its core, this form resembles the Japanese Fugu or Blowfish shape — the flanks framed by ridgelines and highlighting whorls of birdseye, while cross grain runs the length of the stummel to sweep down the fore. The shank demands particular attention on this piece, rivaling the bowl in regard to visual weight and imbued with flourishing shaping cues: A ridgeline runs the length of the left flank, informing the top portion's pointed nature in profile, and the right side is accented by dark-stained plateau.

Perhaps most defining is the way the shank extends through the heel into a flattened foot, enabling this pipe to stand upright in a beautifully balanced presentation, and Dasha has tastefully shaped the stem base's expansion ring to line up with the intricate nature of the shank face, adding compositional balance and coherence to the overall design. It's a gorgeous representation of Florov's flourishing style, commended further by an auburn contrast stain to highlight the briar's grain.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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