G. Penzo Pipes2 Total
Like many skilled pipemakers, Giacomo Penzo came into the craft by way of industrial design. According to the artisan, this background makes for a pragmatic approach to pipemaking, the goal primarily being to craft a tool designed to work efficiently, but also one which exudes a sense of stylistic character, either grounded in classic shaping or something more aesthetically unconventional.
In both areas Giacomo succeeds with grace and poise, creating a body of work which shows no shortage of variety in terms of influence across shaping schools, employment of various materials, and use of a wide range of styles and finishes. From Danish-inspired takes on the classics to more overtly Italian shape renditions, Giacomo's work certainly runs the aesthetic gamut, with each piece just as impressive as the last — in both form and function.
Each G. Penzo pipe is branded with "G. Penzo Pipe Made in Italy," and stamped with a symbol, a number, and a letter. The symbols (mountain, shell, and flame) correspond to the finish of the pipe; the numbers denote the shape; and the letters indicate the determined value of the pipe.