**SOLD** Paronelli Artisan Italian High Grade Briar Pipe Half Rustico 03
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* Overall Length: 130mm
* Overall Height: 60mm
* Bowl Height: 60mm
* Bowl Diameter: 45×40mm
* Bore: 21.5mm
* Weight: 67g
* Aged Briar (Minimum 70 Years)
* Gift Boxed
* Deluxe pipe bag included
Paronelli Italian Artisan Briar Pipes:
Paronelli are true Artisan pipe making family company making boutique, one off, high grade pipes. Every pipe is hand crafted using choice Sardinian and Calabrian Briar from their own plantation where they control the trees to ensure only the highest grade of root Briar is grown. The root is only harvested between October and March when the plant is at rest so there is no sap in the wood which is the cause of bitter tastes in your pipe. Every piece of Briar is then boiled to purify the wood and remove minerals and tannins. The Briar is then dried and seasoned for a minimum of 70 years! No …….. that isn’t a typo, every pipe is crafted from a piece of Briar harvested by the craftsman’s grandfather! This ensures a cool and sweet smoke from the first light with little breaking in required.
They limit production to around 1000 pipes per year to maintain the highest level of craftsmanship and as not to exhaust their precious stocks.
Each pipe is finished naturally using Carnauba wax and no artificial elements.
Paronelli Half Rustico 03:
The Paronelli Half Rustico is another stunning freehand masterpiece from the Italian family company. Sometimes it seems a shame to rusticate a pipe and loose some of the natural features of the Briar grain but not when rustication is done this well with such an artistic eye. It takes a lot of experience and a keen eye to be able to produce a true rusticated finish with providence. The craftsmen needs to learn to follow the grain and natural features which takes years of experience to do well and this piece really demonstrates the skill that just oozes from the Italian workshop.
A stunning horizontal grain seems to just flow through this pipe with some stunning sandblasting on the sides of the pipe which highlights the cross sectional grain of the briar root. This produces a very uniformed pattern on the pipe which has been stained a light colour with overlayed deep brown stain. As the pipe has been polished this reveals the lighter stain again on the raised areas for a beautiful contrast. The rim, front and back of this uniquely shaped pipe have been polished smooth before finishing with an Amber effect mouthpiece.