Wojtek Pastuch: Smooth Whale with Birch (1006)

Product Number: 002-811-0055

Like his Speared Snail design, this Whale shape fits into the more sculptural, Freehand end of Wojtek Pastuch's shaping spectrum. The Polish carver doesn't shy away from traditional shapes and common artisan forms either, displaying a diverse range of aesthetic proficiency, and this Whale only furthers that expertise and skill. While we often talk about pipes as functional art, this piece looks less like a pipe and more like something seen in an art gallery, yet it remains as functional and ready for smoking as any other piece, marked by Wojtek's deft engineering.

The shape demands attention with its flowing line work and beautiful poise, imitating the curling stance of a breaching whale. The stummel features a squat, rounded form about the chamber, defining the whale's head, while the back curls and tapers downward into a flattened foot, the animal's tail, that also allows the composition to stand upright in stunning presentation. The mouthpiece, then, is attached at the top, the stem base fashioned from birch that does well to complement the briar's natural stain. Said stain highlights a gorgeous array of grain that curves in unison with Pastuch's shaping in flame-grain orientation. For a tasteful, accenting touch, natural plateau lines the outside of the rim, with the smooth center slightly concave before rising up at the top of the chamber. Subtle design cues like this set this piece apart even further as a stunning sculpture, and the dark stain of the plateau acts to echo the ebonite stem, incorporating it into the composition so that no aspect is left unconnected.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 3.44 oz./97.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.52 in./64.01 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Poland
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