Lan Zhenjun: Sandblasted Asymmetric Bent Apple with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-749-0023

This bent Apple fits in well to Lan Zhenjun's portfolio, the Chinese carver influenced especially by Danish artisans and drawn to plump, organic designs. In profile, this piece is a fairly straightforward rendition — the oval curls gradually into the bowl, initiating its forward cant, while the shank's subtle flare toward the transition foreshadows the bowl's plumpness. Marked by a softly curving heel, the bowl fits perfectly in hand, though the compact size and light weight of this piece make it a comfortable clencher as well. The true genius and allure of this pipe, however, is evident only when viewed from the smoker's perspective — the bowl's trajectory leaning subtly upward and to the left for a smart dose of asymmetry. It's all dressed, then, in a ring grain-adorned sandblast, accented by a smooth-polished, chamfered rim and pale boxwood accent for contrast.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.62 in./117.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.20 in./30.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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