Alex Florov: Smooth Snail Climbing Mount Fuji (Slonim)

Product Number: 002-354-0200

When Alex presented us with a rendition of this special signature some years back, the "snail" took a more direct approach to its journey around the Volcano. Alex also rendered the form quite a bit taller as well, though with the same purposeful degree of forward cant. Said forward geometry seems to be more subtle here, given the shape's low-sitting visual weight, allowing Alex to play with the briar's natural canvas to showcase some stunning flame in a very dynamic way (as is often the case with the carver). This brings me back to the snail: her journey is implied through the use of a winding, tapered ridge that begins apart from the bowl itself, before wrapping its way around the right flank to become one with the base. Alex finished it in a stunning contrast, and oriented the block to allow the bulbous underside to showcase the lightest kiss of plateau. Gorgeous work.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.80 in./147.32 mm.
  • Weight: 2.62 oz./74.39 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.21 in./30.73 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.50 in./63.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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