Paolo's shapes are difficult to place in any certain stylistic or aesthetic camp. He often offers classic interpretations of traditional English shapes. Other times, he seems Danish in his shaping. Still, he frequently embodies neoclassicism and the Pesaro school. Regardless, he always produces unique, high quality briars that are a pleasure to describe.
Here we see Paolo's take on a straight Dublin - rendered in morta. The bowl itself is somewhat cylindrical with much less flair to the rim than we typically see, yet it tapers down into a sharp, spurred heel. From this spur, a bold, flat line extends along the stummel into a silver mount. Finished in a delicate sandblast, we're left with an elegant composition and one fine smoking pipe.
- Andrew Wike