Ardor: Urano Fantasy Rhodesian with Silver Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-004-3525

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 Rhodesian is emblematic of the series' unique character, with the shank flaring gently to meet a band of multicolored acrylic paired to a matching stem with a silver-wrapped base. A wide transition gives way to a slightly uplifted, ovoid shank that's compressed at the flanks and 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. Up front, the bowl stands on a rounded heel and grows delightfully curvaceous walls that flare out to a mid-set waist marked with twin beadlines, with these beadlines additionally denoting the form's requisite taper to the rim. There's plenty of substance to appreciate throughout this pipe, and the ample surface area provides a great canvas for this pipe's dual finish: The upper bowl is dressed in a craggy rustication, while the rest of the stummel features a crisp sandblast.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.32 in./160.53 mm.
  • Weight: 2.46 oz./69.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Rusticated and Sandblasted
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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