Il Duca: Sandblasted Volcano (B)
Product Number: 002-427-0572
Max Rimensi, the artisan behind Il Duca pipes, crafts aesthetically rich pieces known for their raw creativity, curvaceous shaping, and distinctive finises. The Italian artisan deftly blends neoclassical shaping cues with the sleek design sensibilities of the Danish tradition, resulting in highly original and easily recognizable pieces. His portfolio offers a wide range of shapes, from classically composed, pencil-shanked designs to whimsically plump pieces in Nosewarmer proportions. No matter what he creates, Rimensi imbues his work with a refined elegance and ecstatic charm that speak to a genuine love of the craft.
The Volcano shape is one we've seen from the Italian carver before, and it exemplifies the sleek line work, supple curves, and gestural shaping that dominate much of the artisan's work. This rendition broadens from the taut rim to the crisp, firm ridgeline that demarcates the lifted, softly rounded heel from the upper-half of the bowl, with the wrapping ridgeline coming to a sharply pronounced point at the fore of the pipe for a sense of dynamism in profile. While the Volcano is often an architectural shape, this rendition features a gentler taper towards the rim, the bowl balanced in such a way that the sides of the chamber are evenly and tenderly slouched. The shank kicks high out of the tidy transition and cinches lightly at its midpoint before widening to a disk-like face, which is adorned with a vibrant green-and-black accent of brindled vulcanite that adds a splash of color to the pipe's reserved palette. A tapered stem of jet-black vulcanite tops off the design and makes a subtle downturn for a relaxed smoking posture. The stummel wears a dark, low-profile sandblast that beautifully accentuates the natural grain orientation of the briar, drawing out rippling waves of growth rings beneath the bowl's shadowy surface.--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
- Weight: 1.68 oz./47.63 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Volcano
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Italy