Ken Dederichs: Sandblasted Calabash with Boxwood Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-806-0064

Ken'ichiro Dederichs-Uchida, also known as Ken Dederichs, is a Japanese artisan who now lives in Germany. Fittingly, Dederichs draws on several pipe making traditions, mainly the Japanese and Danish schools. Dederich flawlessly combines these styles, often crafting gestural, organic shapes that have a muscular disposition.

This Calabash by Ken Dederichs is similar to a rendition we have seen from him before, but features some notable revisions. Dederich has dressed the stummel in a detailed black sandblast, exposing undulating growth rings and accentuating the wiry flame grain on the stummel. Furthermore, boxwood is heavily employed as an accent here, with the majority of the Calabash chamber cap consisting of the light-hued material, along with a quaint accent on the shank end. The dark-colored stummel and stem draw one's eyes to the bright boxwood, emphasizing the essential Calabash chamber cap.

Furthermore, the chamber cap features a briar insert, which is raised above the boxwood with a subtle lip. The design allows one to enjoy the smoking properties of briar while the creamy tones of the boxwood chamber cap dominate the composition. Moreover, the chamber cap is fully removable; the briar chamber descends into the hollow Calabash chamber, and stays firmly in place due to a cork liner between the cap and the bowl. The Calabash engineering allows the smoke to cool within the hollow chamber, creating a palatable dry smoke. Furthermore, the internal engineering is contained within a muscular, curvaceous stummel that smoothly tapers to the boxwood accent on the shank end. Overall, Dederich flawlessly combines the impressive internal engineering with a muscular shape, providing a perfect illustration of the intersection between aesthetics and function in pipe making.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.64 in./143.26 mm.
  • Weight: 3.00 oz./85.05 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.92 in./23.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.22 in./56.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Calabash
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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