Davide Iafisco: Sandblasted Horn

Product Number: 002-702-0113

Italian artisan Davide Iafisco has been carving pipes seriously since 2010, and the young Italian pipe maker has proven his immense talent in that time, regularly demonstrating his art with pieces that clearly reflect his influences and his imagination. Having studied under legends such as Claudio Cavicchi, Teddy Knudsen, and Jeff Gracik, Iafisco is able to seamlessly incorporate elements of the Italian, Danish, and American schools of design into his work, creating spectacular, functional sculptures that delight the eyes, fingers, and smoking experience. Davide focuses on making pipes that are beautiful, useful, and novel — a mission reflected in his using only the finest materials he can get his hands on. This is, I am honored to say, the first Horn we have ever received from the artisan and, putting aside my infatuation with this shape in general, it is quite possibly my favorite pipe he has ever produced.

In a shape as organic and fluid as this one, it would be fair to expect a degree of asymmetry, for there to be a pleasing contrast between components that accentuates the organicism with its slight imbalance. That is not present here, rather, the momentum of this pipe and its gentle flow from shank to rim are elevated by its near perfect symmetry, as from an aerial view, there really isn't any degree of wandering briar, or "more material here than there," but instead there exists an implied line from the peak of the shank end that runs to the fore of the rim that splits the pipe into two symmetrical halves. There's a striking amount of balance to this piece, with both the shank face (and part of the end) and rim of the bowl finished smooth, possessed of angular points, and flared. The separation in the middle presents itself as a concave line at the top where the transition would lie, presenting as a continuous curve that mirrors the underside, its own uninterrupted curve running from shank end to rim, the lowest point of the latter being the recipient of all of the implied momentum that this pipe carries. Despite this, the eye seems to settle right in the midst of the shank's topside curl, the negative space created forming a stylistic vacuum that draws one's view without fail, allowing for the entire piece to be appreciated at once. The spade-shaped shank end holds a push-style stem arrangement with a metal-reinforced mortise for extra support of the trim cumberland stem. Most of the stummel is dressed in a natural, textural sandblast, revealing a sunburst array of growth rings and flame striations that resemble the rising sun breaking through the horizon, the smooth shank face, rim, and underside presenting fields of swirling, roiling birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.31 in./160.27 mm.
  • Weight: 2.64 oz./74.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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