Alex Florov: Sandblasted Tomato with Lacewood

Product Number: 002-354-0224

Originally from Moscow, where he restored museum-quality furniture, Alex Florov relocated to America and pursued a successful career in industrial design. In 2004, his father-in-law challenged him to use his keen eye and crafting talent to make a pipe, and the result launched a legacy that now has the pipes of both Alex and his daughter Dasha in demand by collectors worldwide. Alex's style is quite sculptural, with many unique, inimitable designs and signature shapes to his credit.

This Tomato is a shape we have seen from him before in several variations, this Nosewarmer being on the short end of the spectrum, but also taller, with a high waistline that calls to mind an Acorn bowl. Ridgelines grow organically from the base of the bowl, running down the flanks of the shank in a manner simultaneously crisp and smooth. The shank face is crowned with lacewood, the lighter material providing a nice contrast between the darker hues of stummel and stem,with the interior smoothly chamfered and boasting a thin gold-colored inlay. The stummel is dressed in a ruby stain and medium-depth sandblast, providing a welcome stimulation in hand and bringing out tight stacks of growth rings climbing the bowl. A compact piece, this pipe yet puts Florov's skill and design acumen on full display and deserves serious attention from any discerning collector.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.49 in./114.05 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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