Each year on our annual business trip to Europe, we used to visit the Italian factory and warehouse of Lorenzo pipes. We were fortunate to be able to browse through the storeroom for exceptional value pipes: over-runs from big orders, a range too small to make a general offer, a range created from an unusual set of shapes.
We also looked for some top quality individual pieces, near-clean bowls, light for their size
with plenty of hard wood, and of course the Lorenzo good feel and balance.
Invariably, we left feeling exhilarated by all the treasures we had found. More ...
Below are some of the pipes we have been holding:
| Canadian Shape Spitfire Pipes
"What difference does the length of the shank make to a straight pipe"?
The theory is that if the briar has been well cured it will be hard, dry and porous - and the longer the shank, the more opportunity there is for the pipe to extract moisture from the smoke, and the more time to cool the smoke before it leaves the pipe.
No need for extra "filters" or "mopper-ups" (as we call them).
Canadian shape Large bowl
Spot carved finish
Canadian shape Medium-large bowl
Spot carved finish
The most hand-fitting shape designed by Lorenzo. One of the original shapes from the Italian Master
Made for the left hand – it just nestles
All Summa Cum Laude have 9mm filter option
Bowl size 21mm wide x 48mm deep
Two stunning finishes:
12 pipes all very much alike in colour and shape
Glowing Russet finish, named after the wine.
Small surface imperfections cleverly filled.
12 unique pipes - Naturally the appearance of each pipe is unique to that pipe
An example of the “Lorenzo” spirit of innovation:
Some “slightly flawed” blocks show a large degree of hard wood and excellent grain – it seemed a waste to rusticate the whole bowl to cover these flaws.
The ingenious “spot carving” was born.
This leaves the background grain open to inspection,
while the random spot surface flaws are carved over.
The pipes are completed a with toning cappuccino-brown mouthpiece.
Another unique set of shapes designed by the original Lorenzo Tagliabue.
If you stand back and look at them you can see the Dublin, Apple and Billiard shapes on which the designs are based.
And the design is perfect – the ridge is just where the pipe will be held – snug in either hand.
But the finish is new from Riccardo – he calls it “Sandpebble”.
Beautifully carved it offers “sandblasted-look” finishes more dramatic than natural sandblasting, which rely on the natural grain of the briar.
With 9mm option
8 unique pipes (only 4 left) with incredible graining shown to perfection by the almost natural honey-blonde finish.
Near flawless bowls with hardly a speck in sight, and any surface imperfections have been very cleverly masked.
You can’t see them but at this price they must be hiding.
The pipes are each embellished by a gold ring which gives a nice dividing line between the shank and mouthpiece.
Shape 7134 has double inlaid gold bands.
VIP Natural Superior Grain
VIP Natural Select Grain
1 shape ~
Optional 9mm filter
Black Sandtype Rustic ~
Smooth or rustic top rim
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Light brown spot carved finish