Claudio Cavicchi: Smooth Shield with Spalted Beechwood (CCCC) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-400-3547

Claudio Cavicchi is truly a master of his craft, and his ability to coax the best possible grain out of every piece of briar will always astound me. Originally a farmer, Claudio was first inspired to make pipes after an order he placed for one with his local tobacconist took many months to fill. What resulted was not only a pipe almost exactly like the one Cavicchi was looking for, but a passion that has lasted nearly five decades, his first piece made in 1974. A world-champion slow-smoker with three titles under his belt, Claudio Cavicchi relentlessly seeks perfection in every pipe that he crafts, not only able to read grain exceptionally well, but able to engineer pipes that smoke magnificently. The Shield, along with the Elephant's Foot, is a shape originally made by the venerable Bo Nordh, and it's one that Italian artisan Claudio Cavicchi makes his own each time he crafts it, though he seldom does. The Shield, especially, is a rare profile from Cavicchi, and this example showcases his facility with the modern classic shape, aptly adapting its outline in the neoclassical style for which he's known. A single ridgeline wraps around the flanks and underside of the bowl, one situated at the aft side of the walls and defining a striking heel spur that supports the presence of the bowl's walls. These walls are rounded at the fore and aft, and a bit of hollow-carving at the edge of the ridgeline emphasizes the curvature of the fore wall especially, keeping the pipe comfortable in hand. A wide transition out back gives way to a short, slightly flaring shank extended by a black acrylic band and a more dramatically flaring band of spalted beechwood, additionally marking the junction to a demurely curved black acrylic stem. Dressed in one of Cavicchi's iconic honey-blonde finishes and graded four C's out of five, the bowl is wrapped in dense flame grain and the rim and underside are draped with birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.83 in./148.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.24 in./56.90 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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