Luiz Lavos Pipes

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Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Luiz Lavos was introduced to woodworking at an early age. His grandfather had a substantial workshop where Luiz spent much of his childhood observing his grandfather work and trying his own hand at various elements of the craft. In the early stages of his pipe-making career, after moving to Portugal in 2017, Luiz connected with Portuguese carver Sabina Santos in person, visiting her workshop and receiving assistance on techniques and tooling. He also cites Premal Chheda as a helpful resource for trouble-shooting and mechanical questions, as well as Hans "Former" Nielsen who has spoken extensively with Luiz specifically about pipe finishing. In 2021, however, he moved back to Brazil and has since established his workshop there.

Today, Luiz's pipe design generally caters to the Danish functionalist style, à la Tom Eltang, Former, and Jess Chonowitsch — prioritizing classic shapes in reserved, minimalist style and focusing on form and line work over ostentation and flashy adornments. He enjoys experimenting with traditional, but less common, pipe-chart standards (specifically, Chimney and Lumberman renditions), and all of his stems are handmade with integrated tenons from vulcanite rod. If he decides to accent a pipe, Luiz appreciates the natural and elegant aesthetic of Ivorite or horn, and he sources his briar from Mimmo Romeo in Italy or Makis Minetos in Greece, two of the world's most renowned briar cutters.

He mainly finishes his work smooth or rusticated, the latter rendered by a drill bit for a more intricate, low-profile texture. Luiz prides himself on his attention to detail and skills for analysis and observation, and as a craftsman, his number one goal is to combine that design acumen with engineering that elevates a pipe's pragmatic function.