Elio and Guido Rinaldo have quite a few years of experience under their pipe-making belt - having started the craft when they were fifteen and sixteen years old respectively. That kind of determination and persistence is what makes great artists. It's what allows the masters to see shapes in the briar before ever beginning to carve.
We see just that type of "briarvoyance" in this elegant number from Rinaldo. The Acorn is the perfect shape for displaying the excellent flame that engulfs the bowl. A pronounced, dipping heel and a gentle quarter bend to the transition allow a patch of birdseye to run across the stummel as well. This organic, unaltered aesthetic is topped off with a light, natural-stained finish and a bit of plateau on the rim.
- Andrew Wike