Yuwei: Partially Sandblasted Freehand Sitter with Bamboo and Boxwood

Product Number: 002-842-0024

Complex organicism, perfect balance, and striking accent work are all readily present in this Freehand from Yuwei Huang. It's an impressively intricate composition from the Taiwanese artisan with many elements that warrant appreciation. I'm particularly struck by the bowl's dramatic forward cant and its ability to sit unassisted on flat surfaces. The bowl's canted disposition, flattened heel, and high-kicking shank-and-stem combination hint at the Cherrywood shape but the execution of this piece pushes it into Freehand territory. The majority of the bowl is finished in a light-depth sandblast, with waves of rippling grain creeping up the flanks before meeting the smooth-polished, stylized rim which is loaded with fascinating patterns of birdseye. Subtle asymmetry is also present in the rim's shaping, most evident when viewed from the smoker's perspective with the rim's aft flicking upward to mirror the shank and stem.

The shank itself is a remarkable feature and is extended by five knuckles of black bamboo, the organic medium's color pairing perfectly with the walnut tone of the smooth rim and chocolate stain of the sandblasted bowl. The bumpy nodes around each knuckle add some additional textual intrigue before terminating in a boxwood ring at the shank-end that stands out in stark contrast with its pale hue. The disc-shaped base of the saddle stem echoes the shape of the bamboo's knuckles and boxwood ring before ending in a gentle downturn.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Taiwan
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