Gabriele: Sandblasted Bent Brandy with Olivewood (Turtle)

Product Number: 002-533-0033

One way a carver can lock my attention harder and faster than a Doberman on a USPS flavored Milk-Bone, is to create (back-to-back) two extraordinary briars within the same milieu, both having roughly the same size and finish, and yet arrive at two completely different, but equally attractive results. I just finished describing a Gabriele sandblasted bent Egg (002-533-0035) that had fairly similar measurements and (literally) the exact same weight. That Egg was futurist, wickedly angular with knife-like ridges, and, to anthropomorphize to the borderline absurd, projected an anima that left me with the feeling that it would be far better to have that briar as a friend than an enemy.

This Gabriele Dal Fiume sandblasted bent Brandy, on the other hand, while showing a great deal of 'Gen-Next' aesthetic sensibilities seen in the previously mentioned Egg, is so out-and-out cuddly and charming, that I almost feel akin to a 'Lenny', from "Of Mice and Men", "wanting to hold it, George". The equatorial bulge, and its subsequent taper towards the rim, almost reminds me of a garlic bulb (am I wrong?) and the exquisitely subtle ridge, which runs from the mount to the fore-tip of the bowl, accents that reminiscence. Warm, comforting to look at, and approaching nirvana in the hand, Gabriele finishes this amiable presentation with cumberland and olive wood. Hug me!

--R. 'Bear' Graves
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 3.00 oz./85.05 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy

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