Yuwei: Smooth Acorn with Bamboo and Boxwood

Product Number: 002-842-0030

This conveniently sized Acorn from Yuwei Huang readily demonstrates the organic stylings that are often present in the Taiwanese artisan's work. The bowl's high-set waistline tapers dramatically to the sharp, protruding heel along the base while the transition sits neatly tucked away underneath the bowl's bulging aft, creating negative space in profile that further emphasizes the bowl's bulbous disposition. Complementing the stellar shaping is the gorgeous grain that wraps around the bowl's flanks, with streaks of vertical grain rising upward to meet the dimpled plateau that adorns the rim, imbuing the design with additional organicism.

Perhaps my favorite element about this piece is the black bamboo shank extension and the way it's paired to accents of boxwood. Bamboo is a medium that's well-represented in Yuwei's portfolio and has been used quite creatively on this piece in particular. The bumpy, rugged nodes along each knuckle provide some textural contrast against the stummel's smooth finish. Three nodules of boxwood accent the bamboo, standing out in stark contrast against the bamboo's dark hue while harmonizing with the boxwood ferrule at the shank end. Also noteworthy is how the Taiwanese artisan has shaped the stem's expansion disc so that it perfectly mirrors the orientation of the boxwood. It's a superb piece of craftsmanship, with each individual element testifying to Yuwei's talent and creative use of accenting materials.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.01 in./127.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Taiwan
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