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
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.
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.
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.