Ken Dederichs: Smooth Volcano Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-806-0077

Born in Japan and residing in Germany, Ken'ichiro Dederichs-Uchida, better known as Ken Dederichs, crafts pipes that fuse elements of both Danish and Japanese design to create bold, often organic compositions with a singular aesthetic. This Volcano is an excellent example of Dederichs' work, one that presents with a powerful dynamism that's only enhanced by its subdued asymmetry and poised, vertically-inclined shank and stem combination. Said shank and stem curl out of a nearly parabolic transition, the shank itself flaring out toward a face rounded by a firm ridgeline: outlining the shank's canted, half-oval shape with lines that continue through the flanks of the shank's underside. At the shank face, a band of brass is inlaid into the briar, acting as a sturdy pressure-style mount for a sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite that's smartly curved for a comfortable smoking posture. The ridges at the lower flanks of the shank continue through the underside of the bowl, forming the iconic base that the Volcano is known for and deftly displaying Dederichs' skill in creating soft-looking lines, as the briar extends down near the center of the underside and creates a belly-like basin that informs the angle of the heel. This heel is a sweeping, slightly lifted affair that supports thick walls as they take on a sleek taper to the wavering rim, walls whose lower origin on the left flank further contributes to the organic asymmetry of this piece. Dressed in a warm stain and smooth, glossy finish, the stummel showcases handsome grain throughout, with the circumference of the briar displaying wrapping flame, while the underside is replete with a veritable ocean of birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
  • Weight: 3.69 oz./104.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.68 in./42.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.44 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.93 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.25 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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