Il Duca: Barone Sandblasted Strawberry Wood Apple with Horn (B2)
Product Number: 002-427-0256
Many, and I include myself, find the grain patterns that lurk within strawberry wood almost as fascinating as smoking qualities of the material itself. The former often presents a melange of swirls and eddies, in addition to concentric strafes, and the latter boasts the same (some claim superior) resistance to heat as briar, but is slightly lighter and more absorbent than its heath cousin.
While Massimiliano Rimensi can be counted as one of the early champions of strawberry wood, and his presentations have been uniformly excellent, they still represent the minority of his work, briar and morta being first and second. This Barone Apple, only the sixth strawberry wood smoking instrument we have received from Rimensi, is almost spartan of contrast compared to many Il Duca dual stains, emphasizing a certain stoicism between the dark, mottled hues and gnarled grain patterns. Amazingly light in the paw (25.52g) and with a center of gravity just behind the bowl, this amiable Apple is a delight to handle, and, with that cumberland stem and horn inlay, equally enchanting to the eye.
R. Bear Graves
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.41 in./137.41 mm.
- Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.20 in./30.48 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Strawberry Wood
- Country: Italy