Claudio Cavicchi: Smooth Bent Dublin (CCCCC)

Product Number: 002-400-2594

Claudio Cavicchi never ceases to amaze me with his pipes, as each time I go to look at one of his superlative examples of work I am flabbergasted at how precise he is when working out grain. This 5 "C" graded bent Dublin is not only a beautifully grained briar, but an excellently shaped one at that, given the sinuous lines which the shape has been imbued with. From the button to the rim, there's an S-curve of a center line that gives the pipe a palpable fluidity, the expansion ring on the saddle stem matching the flare to the shank end to unify the look of the composition. The transition is smooth but sudden, giving the middle of the briar some parabolic negative space, and sweeps upward to the rim quite quickly, the fore and aft of which can be seen to dip lower than the other sides. The heel is soft, but not lifted, and it supports the sizable bowl quite easily, the gradual flare to the rim terminating with a halo of plateau, matching the surface of the shank face.

In the hand the feel is simply lovely, the thumb easily able to drape across the transition's dip while the fingers cradle the briar around the front naturally, the balanced combination of shank and stem poise the latter for comfortable smoking. Of course, Cavicchi cannot rightly mark a creation a 5 "C" piece without it showcasing exemplary grain, and I can easily say that this example lives up to that. Around the bowl is a cloak of straight grain, its striations flicking upward to reach the rim, giving the bowl more vertical presence while drawing the eye to the rim's plateau. This crown of plateau is buffed down just enough to reveal peaks of birdseye peeking through the textured burl.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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