Nikolay Kozyrev: Sandblasted Billiard with Horn

Product Number: 002-773-0030

Russian carver Nikolay Kozyrev is a former student of Sergey Ailarov, and has been influenced by the bodies of work of Jess Chonowitsch, Former, S. Bang, Bo Nordh, Jeff Gracik, and others, evident in his minimalist approach and adherence to exceptional smoking qualities.

This Billiard may appear simple, but as I continue to see hundreds of new pipes every week, I've concluded that visual simplicity is not indicative of manufacturing simplicity. Often, the simplest curves, lines, and proportions of a pipe are complex and difficult. I'm learning that the best carvers are capable of elegant restraint, often presenting compositions that are more beautiful for the carving temptations they've avoided. Excessive design can easily detract from a pipe, which is why we so often find our hearts palpitating at the sight of Chonowitsch pipes and their ilk, elevated by what they are not as much as by what they are.

Kozyrev has applied impressive restraint in this Billiard, but that's not to say he hasn't played creatively with the shape. The shank presents a somewhat pinched presence in profile, primarily thanks to the slight undercurve of the shank and the expansion of the phenomenally grained horn accent. The cheeking at the transition is moderate, maintaining soft curves in harmony with the overall composition. The grain orientation is exceptional, with near ring grain surrounding the bowl. The rim is smooth and softly curved in Danish style, though that feature has become so universal that it may be inaccurate to refer to it as Danish these days.

This pipe sits on its own while enduring a little bit of back-and-forth rocking, and is of a size that is just small enough to tempt pocket carrying, but large enough to deliver a full smoking experience. Kozyrev is doing awfully impressive work, and is a carver we should all be watching.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.22 in./132.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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