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Il Duca Barone DDD Ringblast Apple/Prince w/Rosewood Ring

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Il Duca 1/8th Bent Freehand Apple/Prince w/Rosewood Shank Ring

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Max Rimensi picked up his first pipe 26 years ago and fell in love.  Having been working in the family woodworking business since he was 14, it was natural that this first pipe he held in his hands intrigued him; what was the wood? How was it made? Could he make one? Perhaps an Italian born into a family of wood workers has a better chance than most at finding a calling in pipe making, and that's exactly what happened here.  As he explored pipes and pipe making, he fell in love with the material and the craft.  It's been a love affair that's been ongoing over two decades now, and it is obvious this isn't a fling.  I have to tell you, I'm also kind of in love with Max's work; it isn't typical of the Northern Italian style I would have expected from someone living in Ferrara.  Perhaps you don't know where, geographically, Ferrara is, but basically it is right in between Cantu and Pesaro, if you were to draw a line between the two; if you don't know where those are, Ferrara is just north of Florence about an hour.  So let's think about this for a little while.  In a general region that is home to pipe companies such as Castello, Ardor, Radice, Rinaldo, Ser Jacopo, and Cavicchi, here is Max Rimensi making something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, and excelling at it.  Okay, so, maybe you don't see how this is a big deal, and that's fine.  After all, we have a hundred different makers here in the USA making a hundred different things and that's all great.  That isn't the way things are done in Italy.  Mavericks - artists who follow their dreams and don't take the normal route to get there - they aren't exactly appreciated by the pipe industry there.  Thank the gods that in this day and age of the internet, Max (along with a handful of other extremely talented artisans from Italy and elsewhere) have promoted themselves, built a following and grown their businesses.  Because I have to tell you, this work is elegant, it is beautiful, and it is not what I would think of if you said "Northern Italian Pipe Maker".  

This particular Il Duca is - at first glance - a prince.  Or an apple.  Or an Apple/Prince.  Okay, let's start over.  Taking elements of both the apple and the prince, with elements of a squashed tomato (just a touch), we have a rather unique long-shanked artistic re-interpretation of the prince shape (there, I decided, it's a prince. I think.)  The bowl is, basically, an apple, although perhaps a bit squashed down, with a smooth rim.  The shank is short, slightly curved and flared out, terminating in a thin, tall rosewood ring.  The handcut stem is long and thin, giving visual balance to the weight of the bowl and lending the prince-like appearance of the pipe.  Like pretty much all the pipes in the most recent collection that came in, this pipe is in exceptional condition overall.  

Markings read: Il Duca, Italy, Barone, DDD, (Please note that some of the stamping was done at a point on the curve of the shank where the top parts of the letters were missed a little bit; it came this way and is not a conditional issue). Stem is black although I'm not sure if it is acrylic or vulcanite, with Il Duca's "Crown" and D logo silk screened in white, fully intact.


Length: 6.81"
Bowl width: 1.67"
Bowl Height: 1.48"
Chamber dimensions: .76" across, 1.16" deep
Weight: 41 grams



9.75 out of 10. Very lightly smoked, with the only issue being a couple very slight, small dings on the inner rim edge at the 2 o'clock position. Complete with original sleeve.  



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