Italian Estates: Ardor Urano Giant Billiard (Dorelio Rovera) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-42693

Though the Ardor pipes workshop was founded in 1974 by father-son team Angelo and Dorelio Rovera, the pipe making history of the family stretches back to 1911, with the founding of Sociedade Rovera in Varese, Italy. It was at here that Angelo began to carve pipes alongside his father and uncles, starting at the age of 13 in 1958, Ardor's debut into the pipe world marked by a high-standard of craftsmanship that's remained consistent for nearly five decades. Though Angelo passed away in 1999, Ardor is now run by Dorelio, alongside both Damiano and Dimitri, the next generation of Roveras. Ardor's pipes are often typified by their strikingly neoclassical proportions, with each piece offering greatly enhanced substance about the bowl and a reassuring presence in hand. Such features are only enhanced in Ardor's "Giant" stamped line of pipes, denoting an appropriately exaggerated size that even more so thrusts the bowl into visual prominence. At nearly a third of a pound, this Billiard fills the hand easily, with nearly all of this added weight centered at the bowl, which rises to more than three inches tall. Said bowl stands on a firm heel and grows thick, cylindrical walls that rise to a flat rim, holding a capacious chamber within that promises lengthy smoking sessions. A wide transition out back gives way to a thick, tapering shank that reaches toward a slim, slender saddle stem of black acrylic that matchest the inky stain of the stummel's rugged Urano rustication: here rendered to resemble ring grain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


DORELIO (script)
ROVERA (script)
  • Length: 6.89 in./175.01 mm.
  • Weight: 5.18 oz./146.96 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.13 in./79.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.66 in./67.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.96 in./24.38 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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