Radice: Rind Bent Billiard with Faux Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-030-8037

Reminiscent of the Cherrywood thanks to its firm, flattened heel, this bent Billiard is an especially sturdy take on the shape from Radice, presenting with a bold sense of muscularity. A wide transition here gives way to a shank carved in one of Radice's most recognizable, iconic patterns: a faux bamboo that replicates a single knuckle of the dense grass' flared nodes here. The effect wrests some of the visual weight away from the bowl, and the taper of the shank is met by a similarly tapering stem of black acrylic. Both shank and stem are deeply curved for comfortable smoking, offering a tempting posture for jaw hanging and adding a distinctive sense of verticality to the composition. The bowl stands on the aforementioned flat heel and starts a measured taper up to its flat, smooth rim, the light stain of which matches the shank and contrasts the rich rustication on the lower bowl.

Luigi Radice was born in 1939 and began his career working with briar in 1961, finding employment at the venerable Castello workshop. While working for the now legendary brand, Luigi met Giuseppe Ascorti, and the two left together in 1968 to found Caminetto, where he stayed for 12 years, before departing to establish Radice in 1980. With help from his son, Gianluca, and his father, Paolo, Luigi began producing pipes in a striking neoclassical style which quickly amassed acclaim from enthusiasts of such stylized works. Luigi was later joined by his other son, Marzio, and the family-run workshop has since become known not just for their unique take on the neoclassical style of pipe making, but their singular accenting and finishing techniques.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.87 in./149.10 mm.
  • Weight: 2.46 oz./69.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.09 in./53.09 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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