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 I love discovering new pipe carvers.  Not in the sense of a potential carver to work with to sell pipes for.  Only in seeing what they do and the quality of their finished goods. 

 For some time I have seen pipes created by Pipa Volpe on Facebook.  A number have been in my favorite shape 55, the Castello bent pot.   Volpe works in briar and Morta and to my eye has come closest to following the Castello lines, plus adding his own flare, yet still staying true to form. 

 A short time ago I pulled the trigger and bought one, that surprisingly was still available.  I had tried a number of times, but as quickly as they appeared, they were purchased. 

 The pipe arrived today.  

 This one does not have the usual pronounced "chin", but indeed follows the lines of many of my other shape 55's.   The briar used was bought from Mimmo and as you can see the blast offers some nice ring grain.  The tobacco chamber was natural.  No coating.

The stem is green Brindle ebonite.  The internal engineering is spot on.  Nice open draw. To give you an idea of how open ...... I can place two regular pipe cleaners together and they slide from button to bowl!  The buttons are scary!  If I did not know better I would swear the stem had been made by Brian Ruthenberg.  The button shape.  The feel of the last inch.  Plus the deep V inside the lip, are the same as Brian's. 

 I highly suggest you visit Facebook and search for Carlo Volpe.  The prices he asks are very reasonable for the quality of goods he is offering. 

 I am not affiliated with Pipa Volpe.  I am getting no remuneration for the above text.  I paid full SRP plus shipping for the pipe. 

 Regards

 Mike