Italian Estates: Gamboni Sandblasted Cutty (Hole in One) (24) (2014) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-41204

Gian Maria Gamboni is one of Italy's most intriguing artisans, favoring a style that's heavily tinged by his deep immersion in renaissance art during his formative years and is additionally inspired by the memories of his pipe-smoking, sculptor father. Born in 1970, Gamboni began smoking a pipe in the 1990s and made his first in 2007 after visiting the Becker & Musicò workshop, with the works of Becker going on to influence his future output a great deal. Gamboni suspended his pipe making indefinitely in the late 2010s or early 2020s due to personal reasons, but the pipes he produced bespeak a sophisticated, highly organic style which emphasizes fluid curvature. This Cutty is an excellent example of Gamboni's design language, showcasing a neoclassical sense of proportion, but a refined and understated sense of line. A wide transition leaves plenty of room to drape a digit before giving way to a slender, tapering shank which diminishes as it curls subtly upward, meeting a similarly tapering stem of jet-black vulcanite that's poised for comfortable smoking. The lilting, reserved S-curve of the shank and stem nicely balance the bowl, whose comparatively robust outline draws the eye, though the center of the visual weight is closer to the transition. Said bowl cants forward dynamically as its walls flare out gently to a low-set waist, here taking on an arcing taper toward the chamfered rim which lends it a comfortable feel in hand. Light and lean, this pipe is easy to clench and primed for travel carry despite its length, the stummel here showcasing handsome grain beneath its contrast-stained sandblast.

-John McElheny

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Minor Rim Darkening

ROMA (14)
  • Length: 6.03 in./153.16 mm.
  • Weight: 0.96 oz./27.22 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cutty
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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