Claudio Cavicchi: Brown Sandblasted Tuban Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-400-3228

Since we first had the pleasure of gracing the digital pages of our site with the works of Italian master Claudio Cavicchi in late 2008, we have seen a great many shapes and sizes pass through our hands and into yours. However, this Tuban rendition is unique even by that standard. The Tuban as a shape was conceptualized by Dirk Heinemann while experimenting with the Rhodesian profile, discovering that the shank itself could become its own self-contained shape. Cavicchi's spin on the Tuban is decidedly larger and significantly more sinuous, the abbreviated saddle stem eschewed in favor of a lengthy, bent taper festooned with a tiered disc of mahogany stained briar. Much like a Horn, this shape does away with the shank and, thus, the transition, in favor of a composite style of stummel, curving right after the stem meets its flat, hardwood-accented rear face. Unlike a Horn, however, the diameter remains consistent, neither flaring nor tapering, the tight curvature sending the cylindrical bowl forward at an angle that exudes a palpable momentum. The stummel features Cavicchi's Brown sandblast, appropriately staining the briar a warm chestnut, but, most importantly, revealing one of the most striking grain patterns I have ever seen on a sandblasted pipe. Growth rings flow along the flanks from the rim to the rear end, curving as the briar does, complimenting the composition and framing a fore which holds a superb array of birdseye that shows through the textural finish boldly.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.77 in./146.56 mm.
  • Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.33 in./59.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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