Frank Axmacher: Sandblasted Koisi Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-815-0011

One of Frank Axmacher's most overtly organic forms, the Koisi (Japanese for "river stone") is certainly an evocative one, calling to mind a flattened stone frozen in mid-skip atop the glassy surface of a body of water, its reflection echoed in the plane below. With two smoothly-shaped complementary forms joined by way of a tightly-pinched bridge of a transition, this fellow presents an easy, comforting feel in hand, offering substance and ergonomics in spades.

This shape is a firm sitter as well, grounded with stability upon a flat surface, throwing serious focus to its naturalesque profile. It's asymmetrically-inclined, the undulation at the smooth-finished rim balanced by the diagonal orientation of the shank-end, itself also wearing a smooth polish. And to further reinforce that organic disposition, the stem Frank fashioned calls to mind the Sixten-inspired Gladiolus bulb we've seen from a select few carvers as of late. The remainder of the form is treated to a warm, understated sandblast, serving to unveil a tight pattern of ring-grain without compromising the shape's tight lines. A gorgeous piece from the German carver.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.75 in./146.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.72 oz./77.11 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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