Il Cerchio: Smooth Prince with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-920-0012

Il Cerchio pipes (meaning "The Circle" in Italian) are handmade by Angelo Del Prete in Italy. He began carving pipes in 2018, after operating his own tobacconist's shop for several years. An experienced wood worker, Del Prete received instruction from Massimiliano Rimensi and Davide Iafisco, learning much from his early mentors and cultivating a style deeply influenced by the Danish masters, as well as contemporary carvers from the United States. A martial artist as well as an artisan, Del Prete draws inspiration from such techniques to create a stye marked by balance and dynamism.

This Prince is a fine example of Del Prete's ecumenical style, featuring a particularly broad, plump-heeled bowl with walls that taper curvaceously to a slim, flat rim. Out back, a cheeked transition gives way to a comparatively slim round shank which places the compositional emphasis on the bowl. Said shank is accented with a domed horn ferrule that joins a sleek vulcanite saddle stem, creating a sleek silhouette that balances a visual flair at the rear with the design's bowl-forward proportions. Dressed in a rich auburn stain, the stummel boasts excellent flame grain all around the bowl, with dense swirls of birdseye across the broad heel and sleek rim.

-Gabriel Bass
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.24 in./133.10 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.17 in./29.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Prince
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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