Gabriele: Sandblasted Acorn (Turtle)

Product Number: 002-533-0118

This Acorn fits well into Gabriele Dal Fiume's portfolio of highly organic shapes, its sweeping profile and supple curves also hinting at the influence Danish pipemaking has on the Italian carver's own style. Previous renditions often featured bamboo shank extensions or utilized juxtaposing visual and textural elements. This example forgoes any accenting materials, relying solely on its shaping and finish to deliver an exquisite piece that showcases Gabriele's keen eye for line work and subtle details. A crisp ridgeline emanates from out of the left side of the teardrop shank before dissolving into the shaping of the bowl along the lower portion of the left flank. The shank face is covered in rugged plateau, furthering accentuating the form's inherent organicism with the ridgeline also echoing the rim's downward slope to the left. Finish-wise, Gabriele has treated the stummel to a light-depth sandblast, unveiling a fascinating array of rippling ring grain that creeps up bowl. The fiery contrast stain is then perfectly complemented by the deep red and black tones of the cumberland mouthpiece. It's a piece that truly cannot be fully appreciated until examined from the smoker's perspective and whoever is lucky enough to own it will surely have plenty to admire.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.47 in./113.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.13 in./28.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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