Alex Florov: Smooth Pierced Fish with Bamboo and Karelian Birch (Slonim)

Product Number: 002-354-0185

Though at first glance it appears merely a prop or decoration to Alex's underlying "Leaping Fish" shape, the (interrupted) five knuckle stretch of bamboo that 'spears' this shape in place actually continues on after the stummel in a single knuckled stub that ends in a Karelian (Masur) Birch cap. That cap, once removed, reveals that the piece, in addition to being a sturdy and precisely balanced sitter, is in fact a working Cavalier.

Alex has taken the Fish shape and here oriented the grain so that it shares qualities with the Blowfish, via cross-cut grain along the panelled ridge at the vertical edges (top, bottom, fore, and aft). Another dominant feature of this design is asymmetrical shaping, so that while the birdseye-covered left cheek is convex, the right is concave, also showing birdseye but with plateau leading along from the top edge and into the lashing curve of the tail.

- Adam O'Neill

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 9.50 in./241.30 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.87 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.57 in./65.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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