Il Duca: Smooth Bent Apple (D)

Product Number: 002-427-0467

With a wide, oval shank nearly the same width as the heel, this moderately sized Apple from Max Rimensi of Il Duca reveals remarkable grain throughout its stummel, particularly around the circumference of the bowl, and terminating at the softly curved rim with an alluring display of tight birdseye. Max has demonstrated his facility with slender, sinuous shapes as well as sturdily muscular renditions throughout his portfolio, and this piece falls in between, revealing a traditional appeal. The Apple shape has been modified and transformed by many makers, and rendered in classic proportions often, but something about Max's style provides a remarkably organic and pleasing aesthetic, supported by his facility with wide shanks, as is found here. It joins the bowl with a soft transition maintaining the consistent curvature of the form and presents an oval cross section. The underside is notably superior, both in its precise curvature and in the display of plentiful birdseye, elevated by Max's contrast stain and extraordinary shaping acumen.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.81 in./122.17 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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