Ukrainian artisan Konstantin Shekita was born in 1967, graduated from the Kiev Energy Technical Secondary School, and later served as a border troop. He was still a very young twenty-three years of age when he first got involved in pipemaking, preparing and polishing stems for the Gold Gate pipe factory in Kiev. As he gained experience his duties expanded to shaping and finishing, with his pay being based upon how flawless he could make each pipe. By 1997 he was ready to go independent, which is exactly what he did, with his earliest work being fashioned from Albanian briar. Somewhere along the way, curiously enough, he also picked up a second career as stuntman, working on the set of many films in the Russian entertainment industry. He is, as far as I know, the only stuntman-pipemaker currently active. Or just as likely, ever, for that matter.

Konstantin produces some 200 pipes annually, though to look at his work you might be surprised at that number -- while many would consider it reasonable for a skilled artisan who concentrates on quality, the amount of detail, careful shaping, and profoundly rich, smooth contrast finishing found in a lot of his work could readily leave one wondering how he would have the time to create even half that number. He's been participating in shows on his side of the Atlantic since 2006, in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland, and began attending the Chicago show in 2008. That's where we first ran across him, and looking at his work, varied stylistically yet consistently skillful, gorgeously finished, and at times unbelievably intricate, we're glad to have his offerings on board.

2 Konstantin Shekita pipes in this category.

Finish: Price:

Lattice Tomato Konstantin Shekita Lattice Tomato 
SKU: 002-600-0012
Your Price: $1,800.00

Smooth Bent Tomato Konstantin Shekita Smooth Bent Tomato 
SKU: 002-600-0007
Your Price: $850.00

002-600-0001 Konstantin Shekita Lattice Tomato 
SKU: 002-600-0001

002-600-0010 Konstantin Shekita Partially Sandblasted Tadpole with Olivewood Stem 
SKU: 002-600-0010

002-600-0015 Konstantin Shekita Pierced Lattice Freehand 
SKU: 002-600-0015

002-600-0008 Konstantin Shekita Sandblasted Bent Apple with Rosewood 
SKU: 002-600-0008

002-600-0004 Konstantin Shekita Sandblasted Bent Egg with Mastodon 
SKU: 002-600-0004

002-600-0003 Konstantin Shekita Smooth Brandy with Bone 
SKU: 002-600-0003

002-600-0002 Konstantin Shekita Smooth Volcano with Mastodon 
SKU: 002-600-0002



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