Wojtek Pastuch: Sandblasted Bent Egg (1002)

Product Number: 002-811-0059

With a style that ranges from the absurd to quite classic, Wojtek Pastuch here presents a bent Egg that's on the more traditional end of his shaping spectrum, compared to, say, his Whale and Speared Snail designs. That said, it still maintains the Polish carver's playful approach to pipe making combined with his expert craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail. The entire profile is marked by a heavy degree of forward momentum — the stem-and-shank combination elongated and curling into a bowl that, while still upright, still exhibits a bit of forward cant to continue the form's dynamic stance. Slightly bulging about the flanks, the bowl itself is a slender iteration of the Egg, with a subtle taper toward the rim, lending a floral disposition like a closed bud before blossoming.

In hand, then, the sandblast is everything lovers of dramatic texture could hope for, deep grooves and rounded ridges exciting the palm and giving the silhouette a visually rippling motif. There's plenty of chamber underneath the rim, which has been smooth polished and warm-stained to match the striated hues of the cumberland stem, and it's the stem in particular that gave me a second's pause: Domed at the base, it looks very much like an army mount. However, upon disassembly it's clear that Wojtek only meant to emulate this look, as the domed portion and tapered bit are, in fact, one piece entirely. Beautiful work.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.38 in./136.65 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Poland
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