For those of you not familiar with Tonino Jacono, he is an Italian master carver who started working in briar in 1981, and from there progressed at such a startling pace as a pipe maker, that by 1983 started producing pipes under his own name. As an artisan, Jacono pays special attention to detail, never stretching his talents thin by working on more than one pipe at a time. He grades his pipes along the lines of the respective value of chess pieces (Rook, Knight, etc), this one ranks in the middle of the totem pole, wedged in between the Rook and the Queen, respectively ranked as a 'Jack'(the only grade not actually a traditional gaming piece). It's a well-deserved title, as you can see, with grain, though wild and varied, beautiful enough not to be rusticated out, as he does with Bishops and Knights. Though Tonino does all of his work in Jesi, Italy (east coast, roughly equidistant between Bologna and Rome), this bent Billiard seems supercharged with a Northern Italian spirit, with undertones of Pesaro coursing through the briar.