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
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