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