marTelo: Sandblasted Billiard with Monjolo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-694-0067

Gustavo Cunha, the Brazilian artisan behind Martelo pipes, developed an interest in woodworking at a young age. At the age of 15, he began making his own bows and arrows from scratch, a rather precocious, but appropriate, start on his pipe making journey, as both require a keen eye for shaping and proportional balance. Cunha eventually went to college to study furniture design, the trade providing him with the tools and the workspace necessary to take on the task of crafting pipes, and a visit to the legendary Danish artisan Tom Eltang didn't hurt either. What started as a hobby and interest became a full-fledged, full-time career.

While Cunha is known for taking inspiration from the natural world, this straight Billiard strikes a relatively traditional profile, pairing a tall, softly rounded bowl to a low-slung shank-and-stem combination. Though sleeker in form than some of his more whimsical, Freehand-esque shapes, this piece still possesses a few touches of organicism, specifically the light, exotic monjolo accent that demarcates the shank from the tapered stem of brindled vulcanite. The sandblasted finish that dresses the stummel provides plenty of rich texture to entice the fingers while drawing out rippling waves of growth rings about the bowl, all dressed in a warm, burnt-orange stain. It's a ornate, aesthetically rich take on the Billiard shape, one that exudes an eclectic charm.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.55 in./115.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Brazil
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