Gregor Lobnik: Smooth Tomato with Tagua Nut

Product Number: 002-357-0122

A definitive design from Gregor Lobnik, this Tomato exemplifies the Slovenian carver's penchant from compact and muscular shapes and is a rendition we've seen from him before. The bowl is of the same broad, plump, and substantial nature, paired to a comparatively short, upward-flicking shank and stem combination, but in this particular piece, Gregor has contrasted the bowl's supple curves against a paneled shank — the top and bottom still rather rounded, but the flanks defined by sleek facets. Not only does this design aspect accentuate the bulbous bowl, but it also aligns well with the grain orientation: The band of cross grain wrapping the bowl continues into the sides of the shank, further emphasizing the paneled flanks, not to mention that the underside is a forest of swirling birdseye. Of particular note too is Lobnik's use of tagua nut* at the shank end. It's a material we've seen Gregor experimenting with more and more and displays a creamy hue with dotted freckles throughout, the speckled pattern fitting in well with the birdseye and contrasting against the crisp striations across the bowl.

-Truett Smith

*Tagua nut comes from a species of palm tree called Phytelephas, which literally means "plant elephant" because of the seeds' resemblance to elephant ivory. These trees are found most predominately in southern Panama and the northern part of South America, including Peru, Ecuadar, Bolivia, Columbia, and northwestern Brazil.

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.36 in./110.74 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Slovenia