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Tommaso Spanu Half Rustic Unique Hand Made Briar Pipe

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Tommaso Spanu Half Rustic Unique Hand Made Briar Pipe

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RRP £150.00

Regular Price: £145.00

Special Price £130.50

Product code: tom-span-pr

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Tommaso Spanu Half Rustic Unique Hand Made Briar Pipe

A beautiful semi-bent pipe hand made from specially selected top quality briar.

Fitted with a Fishtail mouthpiece.

Only one available - the pipe pictured is the one you will receive

* Artisan Italian Pipes, each one is made completely by Hand.

* Hand made in Sardinia since 1979.

* Only the best Sardinian “Erica Scoparia” Briar is used.

* The Briar is grown, harvested, milled and conditioned entirely by Tom Spanu, the only Pipemaker in the world to do this

* Only around 1,000 Pipes are produced annually.

* Each Pipe is a unique creation – no two are the same.

Dimensions (approx):
Length: 130mm (5.1 inches)
Bowl Height: 50mm (2 inches)
Bowl Width: 43mm (1.7 inches)

Semi-Rustico

Part Natural Briar, part Rustico models are created entirely by hand with fine grain Sardinian Briar plates of Erica Arborea. These Pipes are typically Italian, and continue to reflect the artistry, quality and flair that Tommaso Spanu Pipes are renowned for.

Briar used for smoking pipes comes from the Mediterranean area- countries which includes Spain, France, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece. Among collectors certain countries and islands have the reputation for delivering roots of high quality (such as Italy, Sardinia, Greece, Algeria) while other countries (Spain and France for example) are understood to produce pieces of lesser quality.

It is generally recognized that in order to have a superior smoking pipe the briar from which it is made must be at least fifty years old. It is only with age that the briar root becomes tight enough, dense enough to withstand both the heat of lighted tobacco and the juices produced during smoking for very long periods of time. Whereas the pores of less-aged briar tend to clog from absorption in a relatively short time the well-aged briar absorbs much less in a given smoke and so should last for decades if well-treated by the smoker.

This is the quality and standard of Briar Pipe supplied by Tommaso Spanu, made exclusively from Sardinian Briar.

About Tommaso Spanu - Sardinian Pipe Maker

Artisan Italian Pipes, all made completely by Hand Hand made in Sardinia since 1979 Only the best Sardinian “Erica Scoparia” Briar is used'; The Briar is grown, harvested, milled and conditioned entirely by Tom Spanu, the only Pipemaker in the world to do this Only around 1,000 Pipes are produced annually Each Pipe is a unique creation – no two are the same

In 1963 Tommaso Spanu left his home in Sardinia and wandered to Northern Italy to become a Pipemaker. His uncle had managed an apprenticeship for him in Gavirate, in the province of Varese, with it's many pipe manufactures. His exceptional talent soon attracted the attention of Alberto Paronelli the grand seigneur of Italian pipe business. Paronelli, a famed pipe designer himself, arranged that the best pipe craftsmen schooled his young fosterling and personally taught him in pipe design and styles. Soon Spanu reached a remarkable level of skills and began to work on the Clairmont pipes, a high-grade brand produced for and distributed by Paronelli. A little later the bulk of the Clairmonts were made by Spanu who was even allowed to stamp them with his own name.

All in all Tom Spanu spent 16 years in the North where he worked with many other famous Pipemakers like Guiseppe Ascorti and Luige Radice. In 1979 he finally felt it was time now to continue on his own. So he returned to Sardinia where he established his own workshop with some help from his brothers. A firm was founded to market the pipes, the Novarte S.N.C. di Spanu Tommaso. Furthermore he purchased a licence from the local government and now Spanu is the only Pipemaker worldwide who grows, harvests, mills and conditions his own briar!

Today his brother and two sons carry on the family tradition, making more than a thousand pipes a year. Mostly more classic models for Italy, but also a good amount of more stylish designs for the foreign markets. Now, when it comes to talking about "entirely handmade pipes", when Tommaso started carving pipes, only hand tools were used. Carrying on this tradition today, not a lathe or drill is to be found in his workshop!

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Additional Information

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price £150.00
specs Dimensions (approx): Length: 130mm (5.1 inches) Bowl Height: 50mm (2 inches) Bowl Width: 43mm (1.7 inches)

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