Alex Florov: Smooth Volcano with Juma

Product Number: 002-354-0219

Alex Florov appreciates organic shapes, and that penchant is well displayed in the Russia-born, Chicago-based carver's expansive portfolio, from his various Fish renditions, long-shanked forms, and asymmetrical designs. The Volcano, then, is a shape that inherently follows this style as it emulates a tapered mountain peak. Often times, Volcano renditions will make use of hard line work, separating the bowl's upward taper from the heel and emphasizing dramatic angles. This Florov rendition certainly does that but to a softer degree through the use of gentle curvature. Such shaping is most evident at the transition, which curls naturally from the top of the shank into the bowl's aft line. Pinched at the flanks, the shank is tall and vertically oval of cross section, expanding upward in profile but remaining quite slender when viewed from above, and its face is accented with a Star Spangled Banner section of Juma. With plateau covering the entire underside, the grain erupts upward across all flanks in a brilliantly contrast-stained array of flame grain, making for a piece that's as visually stunning as it is beautifully shaped.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.94 in./150.88 mm.
  • Weight: 3.00 oz./85.05 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.56 in./65.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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