Gian Maria Gamboni created his first pipe in 2007; that same day, a friend took it for himself. Since then, Gian's been crafting high-quality briars in unique shapes that tend to fall well outside the traditional Italian school. He handpicks and handcrafts each piece of Tuscan or Liguirian briar himself to ensure only the highest quality. Here we see one of his latest works - namely, a stout, squat Tomato. Presented in a natural sandblasted finish that highlights some unique birdseye along the bottom, it possesses a raw beauty and elegance - something we've come to expect from an artisan such as Gamboni.
- Andrew Wike