Li Zhesong: Smooth Blowfish (2015)

Product Number: 002-703-0035

After purchasing and refurbishing estate pipes, Li Zhesong gradually became interested in crafting pipes of his own, initially starting as a part time pipe maker before transitioning to a full time artisan carver. Zhesong produces less than 100 pipes a year, bespeaking his dedication to quality and detail-driven approach. Li has shown quite the affinity for realizing playful, creative takes on Danish and Japanese designs, and this compact Blowfish is an excellent example of the Chinese artisan's style. The bowl's bulging flanks serve as a canvas on which a wealth of mesmerizing birdseye is displayed, while streaks of cross grain run along the top and bottom in concert with the crisp ridgelines that emerge from the shank face. A hardwood ferrule along the shank end displays some fascinating grain of its own, its lighter hue offering some subtle contrast against the stummel's slightly darker contrast stain. It's a muscular yet dynamic interpretation of a complex shape, rendered in fairly pocket-friendly proportions with grain that has to potential to hypnotize anyone in its vicinity.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.91 in./124.71 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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