In part 1 of this article, we looked at several pictures of the following pipe in its various stages of construction. Now we get to look at the end result. The surprisingly important thing to do right now, is to go grab a cup because your eye-balls are very likely to pop out and you will need some system in place to catch them.
I will give you a second to go and collect any eye-balls that may have escaped the cup, plate, bowl or whatever you may be using.
I didn’t really know where to start when first looking at this piece and frankly I still don’t. Nonetheless, I found some type of forward momentum and asked him what his thoughts were when making this piece. Michail said: “The two main goals were to rearrange the briar and move the placement of the stem. I wanted to execute both these goals with as much functionality as possible, to see what could possibly work with such extreme ideas. I worked on so many different sketches of this pipe and I liked this particular variation of those two ideas, so I made it.” What an obvious and clear answer! Who couldn’t agree with that?
I asked him how he came up with the idea to split the briar into two pieces. He told me: “I took the wood and cut its head off, like a chicken. Now with the two parts, I can offer up several variations in the shape, kind of like a rubiks cube.”
How are the two pieces of briar connected you may ask? The two pieces are connected with a spigot made out of cumberland.
What is going on with the stem? I asked. He told me: “The stem does not come out of it’s normal place and it also does not disconnect from the pipe.” [[[((a feeling of getting hit by lightning overcomes me))]]] I felt like asking him to say that again but I refrained. I did ask him how he cleans it? “One of the windows in the rear can be removed and you can easily put a pipe cleaner through it. You can also clean the inside of the rear chamber through that same opening.” A detachable window opening in the rear chamber, but of course! How silly of me to not know that.
Windows, windows and more windows. I can’t believe that I had to ask such a question in relation to a pipe but here we were. What’s with all the windows I said? (as a mini smirk developed on my face, because of the words coming out of my mouth) “With a lot of windows I can make really thin walls. This allowed me to make it a very light weight pipe. It may look on the large side but it is very light.” He told me with ease.
How does someone put this pipe in the mouth? He tells me: “It is actually very comfortable. I designed it so that the rear chamber gently rests on the top of the chin. It is a fully functional pipe that hangs very well out the mouth. It sits on the chin without that being noticeable to anyone else. It looks like a regular pipe hanging out of the mouth.”
I asked him to tell me about the name, Nautilus. “Nautilus or submarine,” he tells me, “is taken from Jules Vernes ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’. In order to better understand the under-water world, in order to see the beauty of the earth down below and to just go deeper down to obtain a better understanding of the pipes made by Roger Wallenstein.” I look up from my note-pad and Michail is grinning.
Time will tell what Revyagin found in this shape. This seems to be a perfect example of totally jumping into the unknown. Still though, looking at the interplay of straight grain and birds eye and seeing his sharp focus work on bringing both of them out in a unique way, he succeeded at that tremendously. Following any of the numerous lines on the pipe is also fun as none of them terminate inappropriately. He clearly planned every facet to this pipe and it shows. Even sliding down from the plateau’s crown and going side-ways through the pipe is a fun way to travel on this Revyagin excursion.
Are you dear reader, like me, starting to notice that there are not enough different views of this pipe to properly take it in as a whole?. I hope so, I don’t want to feel alone on this one. When Gregory Pease was asked by Nick Miller of QualityBriar.com to write a description of a different Revyagin pipe, one that however carried such similar ‘what am I looking at?’ traits, Greg wrote: “I find myself wanting to look at it deeply, from every angle, to try to build a picture of it in my mind that accurately reflects its reality, to attempt to fully understand it, and those attempts are only partly successful.” If you, like me, only began to slowly understand what Greg meant with that description then, we absolutely and surely, fully get it now. Thankfully, with technology, we actually can get a better, more pictured, greater perspective movie like view of this pipe. It’s not exactly 3-D but it is a continuous looping, 360-degree, panorama extravaganza, composition supreme and delightful view of this pipe. Please click this link in order to be able to take the whole pipe in. It may take a second to load, so please be patient.
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