Il Cerchio: Natural Sandblasted Billiard with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-920-0030

Il Cerchio pipes are handmade by Angelo del Prete in Pordenone, Italy. Translating to "The Circle" from Italian, the name Il Cerchio references the concepts of balance and consistency that del Prete prioritizes in each of his designs — elevated by his premium craftsmanship and creative aesthetic eye. With a degree in furniture design and decoration and the owner of a tobacco shop, del Prete boasts a longstanding passion for both woodworking and pipes and tobacco, a passion he now leverages as one of Italy's most established artisan carvers. Having received early training from fellow carvers Maximiliano Rimensi of Il Duca and Davide Iafisco, del Prete crafts innovative and reliable pipes, offering distinctive aesthetics alongside meticulous engineering.

Del Prete is equally fond of crafting classic shapes as he is of fashioning singular and inventive designs, yet sometimes even his traditional pieces display a touch of creative whimsy. This Billiard reveals the Italian artisan's recent penchant for rounded horn accents — a design cue he's played with and interpreted numerous ways in recent pipes. Sometimes del Prete will shape the horn with dramatic asymmetry, but in this piece, he's kept the form comparatively reserved, yet still bulbous and playful in his typical style. It adds a flourishing touch to the otherwise archetypal Billiard form, and the complex tones of the horn beautifully complement the briar's natural finish and stunningly craggy sandblast.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.15 in./130.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.06 oz./29.94 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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