Yuwei: Rusticated Apple with Bamboo and Fordite

Product Number: 002-842-0018

Just the second pipe we've seen from Yuwei Huang with a rusticated finish, this Apple from the Taiwanese artisan manages to maintain the form's plump shaping and smooth lines underneath an incredibly deep, ringed rustication. The wavy, rusticated rings emanate from the bowl's broad base and coil all the way up before concluding just underneath the softly inflated rim. And while such a finish is certainly visually striking, it truly can't be fully appreciated until it's held in hand as the deep grooves provide an abundance of fascinating texture that will consistently keep the fingers entertained. As if things couldn't be any more impressive, Yuwei has extended the shank with four knuckles of bamboo that are stained jet-black to complement the bowl's color palette while the rugged texture of the nodes mimic the craggy rustication the stummel wears. For a subtle accenting touch, Yuwei has left the rim smooth and finished it in a walnut stain.

However, the most exciting accent is the trim band of Fordite adorning the end of the shank as it's the first time we've seen the Taiwanese carver utilize the material that is notably favored by artisans like Bill Shalosky and Sabina Santos. Essentially the harvested results of overspray from an old method of painting automobiles, Fordite is favored by pipe makers for the mesmerizing patterns it displays. Yuwei has taken full advantage of the medium here with its swirling mix of light colors providing some captivating, yet subtle contrast without distracting from everything else this pipe has going for it.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.92 in./124.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Taiwan
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