My love for pipes took it's first steps when I was at the age of 18, looking at my father and my uncle smoking there pipes in the dining room. I still have that picture very clear in my mind...
I began collecting pipes and I was interested in all shapes and I liked the classic shapes as well as the freehand.
I soon I felt the need to build more knowledge and background on the topic and started searching for information and documentation on this subject.
I read a lots of books on the art of pipe-making and I visited museums and workshops in Italy and abroad.
The pleasure I felt when smoking my pipes, made me desire to make one by myself. I did, and the rest is history.
I now have my own workshop where I make 60-80 pipes per year.
Their shape may range from classic to freehand, and always with a twist of my own personal style. I'm very inspired by the movement of fish in water and of the movements of the sea and nature in general.
I personally select my blocks of briar. I get them in Liguria (at Mimmo’s) and in Tuscany.
The blocks are left to air-dry in my workshop where i periodically test the blocks, verifying the color and weight. No block is before 6 years of aging in my workshop.
All my pipes are hand carved and the bore of bowl and the stem are drilled by hand.
My mouthpieces are handmade of high-grade ebonite or cumberland, often fitted with a ring of boxwood or other exotic wood.
Depending go the grain (and my creative mood) I make my pipes smooth, blast, rusticated - or any combination that serves the expression I want to give the pipe.
The finishing is made with a smooth stain that gives a natural contrast and carnauba wax.
Every year I take part in several exhibitions, and I am often involved in lectures about the Art of pipe-making.
Enjoy my pipes...