Yang Kun: Smooth Bent Dublin (Signature) (2290) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-905-0013

Prior to becoming a pipe maker, Yang Kun worked in the Chinese television and film industry as a makeup artist. In 2010, a friend showed Kun a book of pipes that were designed by Sixten Ivarsson, and Kun immediately become fascinated with pipe making as a craft. In 2012, Kun quit his job in the entertainment industry and transitioned to pipe making full-time. Along the way, he studied under artisan carver Hongjian Qiu, who taught Kun about the fundamentals of pipe making, such as drilling, draft hole funneling, and contrast staining.

A muscular design rife with organic character, this bent Dublin pairs a tall, flaring bowl to an upturned shank and a demurely curved saddle stem. A playful asymmetry is evident in this shape's construction, with a crisp ridgeline traveling from the shank end, sweeping up the side of the bowl, and splitting into separate two separate lines that encircle the broad rim. This ridgeline, as it forges its path, lends a floral appearance to the bowl and adds a structural component to one half of the stummel. Just as the bowl flares toward its rim, the shank flares toward its face —a design cue that creates a sense of visual harmony on either end of the stummel. It's dressed in a blonde smooth finish that highlights an impressive showing of flame grain around the bowl and birdseye across the rim. The shaping and grain here are so spectacular that Kun awarded this piece his highest honor — his Signature grade.

--Davin Hylton
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STAMPING:
Y.M.G.(arched)
(foot)
KUN-PIPES(arched)
22 90
(signature)

  • Length: 5.10 in./129.54 mm.
  • Weight: 2.56 oz./72.57 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.65 in./16.51 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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