Ardor: Marte Fantasy Bent Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-004-3505

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 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. Part of Ardor's Fantasy line, the junction of this bent Billiard is emblematic of the series' unique character, with the shank flaring gently to meet a band of vibrant multicolored acrylic paired to a matching stem with a silver-wrapped base. A wide transition gives way to a slightly uplifted, ovoid shank that reaches out to the aforementioned junction, the stem a sleek saddle with a stylized base and a demure downturn that lends this pipe a comfortable smoking posture. This shank and stem nicely balance the presence of the bowl, one which stands atop a sweeping heel and boasts a comfortable bit of curvature throughout its walls. Said walls rise to an inward-sloping rim and bow out near the middle, taking on a dynamic forward cant as they do and offering plenty of space to showcase the Marte finish: The warm, ruby-tinged stain dressing the stummel revealing flickering flame around the bowl.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.19 in./157.23 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.26 in./57.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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