Il Duca: Partially Sandblasted Volcano with Boxwood (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0559

Whether fashioning plump, muscular designs or sleek, pencil-shanked forms, Max Rimensi of Il Duca often crafts pipes with a definitive sense of fluidity and curvature. The Italian artisan, based in Occhiobello, is well regarded for his signature Rhodesian renditions and use of morta as a pipe-making material, and this Volcano exhibits the sinuous line work and elegant, svelte nature seen across pipes in his portfolio. Sometimes the Volcano reveals a crisp, almost architectural disposition, with a crisp, upward taper and firmly defined heel, but this Il Duca version takes a decidedly more organic and supple approach. The bowl does taper toward the rim but with the foremost line concave to promote a protruding lip at the base, and the heel — though still demarcated by the shape's defining, lower ridgeline — is softly rounded to match the rest of the piece's genteel curves. The dramatically upturned shank gives way to a bent stem for a deeply bent profile and gestural S-curve, promoting a comfortable clenching posture, and the stummel is dressed in a striking, dual finish: The heel is smooth and walnut-stained to highlight whorls of birdseye, while the rest of stummel wears a dark-stained sandblast, drawing attention to the slightly flared accent of boxwood at the shank end.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.18 in./131.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.68 oz./47.63 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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