Ken Dederichs: Smooth Mushroom Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-806-0054

Japanese-born artisan Ken'ichiro Dederichs-Uchida spent the first part of his professional life as an architect in his native country, his education in the field and years of experience informing his evolution as a pipe maker. Dederichs began carving in 2005 as a hobby and in 2007 moved to Germany where, a year later, he realized that pipe making had become his true passion, taking on the craft as a full-time career. Dederichs' perspective on design is truly a singular one, interpreting old world shapes through the lenses of both the Japanese and Danish schools, though this Mushroom showcases his more modern sensibilities.

The Mushroom is quite an organic shape, beloved for its ample curvature and cap-like rim, and it's one that Dederichs has carved many times, though in a wide variety of outlines that highlight the versatility of the profile. This particular example merges the smooth, fluid, and organic with firm lines, thanks to a pair of ridgelines that denote both the domed rim and shank face, both of these areas broad expanses of briar that speak to the heartiness of this pipe's form. The shank itself is a rather short, lifting length of briar that flares out dramatically into a compressed ovoid that then marries the stem via a brass-reinforced push mount. A fairly quaint expansion ring mark's the base of the stem and its diminution into a demurely downturned saddle bit, the slender, gracile stem balancing a bit of the visual weight ahead of it, though the bowl still stands as the center of attention here. Said bowl is strikingly large, with an expansive rim that stands above thick, flaring walls, its broad surface dipped at the fore and aft and raised at the flanks, overhanging the tight transition. Dressed in a warm, chestnut stain, the smooth finish of this pipe showcases some handsome grain, with flame through the flanks and birdseye at the heel and rim.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.08 in./129.03 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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