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The name Ammonite comes from the Greek ram-horn God called Ammon. Ammonites are the most widely known fossil; they are cephalopods and first appeared in the seas 415 million years ago, in the form of a straight shelled creature known as Bacrites.  During their evolution three catastrophic events occurred. The first during the Permian period (250million years ago), only 10% survived.  They went on to flourish throughout the Triassic period, but at the end of this period (206 million years ago) all but one species died. Then they began to thrive from the Jurassic period until the end of the Cretaceous period when all species of ammonites became extinct. Most ammonites have coiled shells. The chambered part of the shell is called a phragmocone. It contains a series of progressively layered chambers called camerae, which were divided by thin walls called septae. The last chamber is the body chamber.  As the ammonite grew, it added new and larger chambers to the opened end of the shell. A thin living tube called a siphuncle passed through the septa, extending from the body to the empty shell chambers.  This allowed the ammonite to empty water out of the shell chambers by hyperosmotic active transport process. This process controlled the buoyancy of the ammonite's shell. Ammonites were molluscs. Othe molluscs include snails, clams, squid, octopus and cuttlefish. Some ammonites grew more than three feet (one meter) across possible snack food for the giant mosasaur Tylosaurus.


This was just a brief introduction of what Andrey Savenko created amazing “Ammonite-Octopus smoking pipe kit”. No doubt he studied the anatomy of this creation very carefully to get this brilliant idea to design and carve such a unique set. Coiled shell structure of the pipe is very remarkable; detailed attention on forming each Septa (chamber), and more interestingly coordinate all the Septas to make a final spiral shape of the Ammonite. The size of the pipe is very close to the standard size of the Ammonite fossils. The conch (shell) of the animal is the structure secreted by the mantle of ammonoids for protection and buoyancy.  As you may see in the pictures the complete shell is a hollow spiral with two major sides and parts, the body chamber and the phragmocone. The shell that forms the cone is called the shell wall which is presented in the left side of Bowl Chamber. The Tamper exhibits the super spiral shape of being totally fit and match with the smoking pipe.


Ammonites are cephalopod molluscs, like squid and octopus. Cephalopod means ‘head-footed’ because the head and the typical mollusc foot form a single organ. Cephalopods are the most advanced molluscs. They are intelligent animals with large eyes and are voracious predators. As mentioned before some ammonites grew more than three feet (one meter) across. This is the idea behind the pipe stand concept; it expresses the feet of living Ammonite, and maybe the general shape of its related species Octopus. This item is reflecting his philosophy; principles and great idea together with the strong ability to form the three-dimensional concepts as an “Ammonite-Octopus Kit”.


About the Artist


Andrey Savenko or so called SAVA was born in 1970 in the city named Orel, in Russia. He starts carving briar smoking pipes since 2009. Soon his perfect three-dimensional complex works become popular. He is deeply influenced by the nature and gets a lot of his brilliant ideas from it. Within the year 2009 and 2011 he designed and carved around 100 pipes. Soon he understands his talent in carving the pipes. He begins with drawing the shapes, makes the rough structure, evaluate his idea and finally transition to polish and uses wax to fix and gets the final result.


His creations do not show any path or direct line, he carves what he likes and based on his inspiration. However, nature is his master and most of his beautiful creations exhibit the essence of the nature. Just after 6 years carving the briar, his works get a specific style based on the complexity, creativity, and wonderful finish. With no doubt he carved some of the most complex, three-dimensional structure of freehands. His creations are mostly comes with fitting tamper and in this case make his work more and more unique. Moreover, his strong ability to work and form the horn, metal, and ivory gives him this chance to decorate some of his pipes with these luxury components.


Most of his works express the absolute attention in details with the great shape and stunning finish. You definitely find all of his work at the first glance a kind of mind-blowing creations. Anybody who appreciates the beauty of the smoking pipe admits his perfect work. Here, we offer you some of the best works by this Russian genius pipe maker. We are sure that the variety of his works can satisfy almost all of pipe maker's taste.