Yang Kun: Smooth Acorn with Bamboo (Four Footprints) (2240) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-905-0005

Yang Kun's background is rather interesting, with his professional life including being a makeup artist for television and film in his home country of China. In 2010, he was introduced to pipes and pipe making by a friend through a collected book of Sixten Ivarsson's work; two years later Kun quit his job in the entertainment industry to pursue pipe making as a full-time career. His trajectory in this respect benefited from training under experienced artisan Hongjian Qiu who, himself, was trained by some of the great Danish artisans, teaching Kun vital elements of the craft such as proper drilling and how to create a good draw while hand-funneling stems. His work reflects his deeply held respect for the Danish aesthetic, as well as a love for other Asian artisans, all tempered by his own unique, personal touch.

This Acorn is a lovely example of that style and presents with a strikingly compact build overall whose overall length is just over five inches. The stem here is a sleek saddle configuration whose base is adorned with an expansion ring, matching the rhythm of three knuckles of bamboo which extend the reach of the comparatively trim shank, the combination comprising a languid upward arc which poises the stem for comfortable smoking. Up front, the bowl sits poised atop a sweeping heel supported by an extension of the shank beneath it, its walls flaring gradually toward the domed rim, with the high-set waistline acting as a focal point for the bowl and presenting with a firmness reminiscent of a soft ridge. Outside of being domed, the rim is also dipped toward the middle and chamfered into the chamber, making it easier to load your favorite blends and further emphasizing the visual weight of the bowl, balancing the intrigue of the bamboo behind it. Dressed in a vibrant mahogany contrast stain, the stummel showcases some beautiful grain, with flame grain pushing through the flanks and wrapping the bowl, while the rim and heel are covered in birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.91 in./23.11 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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