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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:26 pm

isaac wrote:this sort of follows a theme... but maybe not in a way you'd expect:
Oi.... is that a useful hint? What nationality?
OK Danish pipes are multi-national. It sometimes seems like every nation has pipe makers that makes them. Scratch 'seem' they do.

Hmmm sensing somebody from Somalia..... no it's definitely Eritrea.

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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:29 pm

btw, I think I did a good job of picking a representative pipe without picking one that would give it away... and to take it a step further I think you'll agree in the end that the "following the theme" was multifaceted.

Can't give nationality that would totally give it away- which is in and of itself a hint.

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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:48 pm

isaac wrote:btw, I think I did a good job of picking a representative pipe without picking one that would give it away... and to take it a step further I think you'll agree in the end that the "following the theme" was multifaceted.

Can't give nationality that would totally give it away- which is in and of itself a hint.
Oh God, I don't have a clue though for a Danish I think it's an intriguing shape..

From what you're saying I'll make a totally uninformed guess... Joao Reis?

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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:11 pm

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isaac wrote:btw, I think I did a good job of picking a representative pipe without picking one that would give it away... and to take it a step further I think you'll agree in the end that the "following the theme" was multifaceted.

Can't give nationality that would totally give it away- which is in and of itself a hint.
Oh God, I don't have a clue though for a Danish I think it's an intriguing shape..

From what you're saying I'll make a totally uninformed guess... Joao Reis?
That's right :)

Spent time learning under Kai. I think the shape both identified Joao pretty well but at the same time looks very Kai-like, especially in the shank. Also he is the only (although I'm sure there are more) Portuguese carvers I know of...

What tipped you off?

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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:18 pm

isaac wrote:
Rusty wrote:
isaac wrote:btw, I think I did a good job of picking a representative pipe without picking one that would give it away... and to take it a step further I think you'll agree in the end that the "following the theme" was multifaceted.

Can't give nationality that would totally give it away- which is in and of itself a hint.
Oh God, I don't have a clue though for a Danish I think it's an intriguing shape..

From what you're saying I'll make a totally uninformed guess... Joao Reis?
That's right :)

Spent time learning under Kai. I think the shape both identified Joao pretty well but at the same time looks very Kai-like, especially in the shank. Also he is the only (although I'm sure there are more) Portuguese carvers I know of...

What tipped you off?
Wow. Your hint tipped me off. Self, where do we have no (or so few that I'd pop the name in a nanosecond) pipe makers that make Danish pipes... that struck me as funny. I've just been through a ton if pics looking for something as delicate as that shape. I stared at Joao website for a while... It really was a guess based upon your hint.

Am I the only one taking pics of my pipes for this little game?
I have another .... one sec...

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And yes, one can see a makers mark... but I don't think it'll help you.
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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:21 pm

Rusty wrote:
isaac wrote:
Rusty wrote:
isaac wrote:btw, I think I did a good job of picking a representative pipe without picking one that would give it away... and to take it a step further I think you'll agree in the end that the "following the theme" was multifaceted.

Can't give nationality that would totally give it away- which is in and of itself a hint.
Oh God, I don't have a clue though for a Danish I think it's an intriguing shape..

From what you're saying I'll make a totally uninformed guess... Joao Reis?
That's right :)

Spent time learning under Kai. I think the shape both identified Joao pretty well but at the same time looks very Kai-like, especially in the shank. Also he is the only (although I'm sure there are more) Portuguese carvers I know of...

What tipped you off?
Wow. Your hint tipped me off. Self, where do we have no (or so few that I'd pop the name in a nanosecond) pipe makers that make Danish pipes... that struck me as funny. I've just been through a ton if pics looking for something as delicate as that shape. I stared at Joao website for a while... It really was a guess based upon your hint.

Am I the only one taking pics of my pipes for this little game?
I have another .... one sec
at this point I only have pipes I've made! :lol: Guess where all my spare cash goes!

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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:42 pm

OK... I'll bump the thread

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And yes, one can see a makers mark... but I don't think it'll help you.

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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:11 pm

This has had me without guesses... I'll need a hint.

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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:20 pm

isaac wrote:This has had me without guesses... I'll need a hint.
OK ... It's a hand made Italian pipe. But the sales & marketing arm of the company is American. The company is very well known but for some reason it seems as if their existence is obscure to many young pipe smokers. My perception is that it's not a brand that one hears a lot about on forum's.

This is a particularly nice example of some of their work (it is a signature on the shank) that surprised me. It's an eight-sided panel, tall bowl, blast Canadian made by hand. Wasn't an expensive purchase at all, and it was just barely broken in when I bought it. The fit and finish is really excellent - a lot better than I expected. It's incredibly light for it's size at 40g too. The bowl is a rather large 7/8" bore by almost 2" depth so it resists my attempts to make it a Virginia flake smoker. And yes, I've tried. The pipe and I discuss this every now and then. But it does extremely well with things like McCl #2020 bulk (which is Va dominant) or Penzance. And might do ok with Burley too. Like almost every Italian pipe it has an acrylic stem but I think it's quite a comfortable stem and airway and mortise-tenon details are much better than I expected too. All in all this pipe substantially exceeded my expectations. It's odd that they're a little obscure or maybe forgotten sometimes if they can do work like this.
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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:25 pm

Rinaldo?

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Post by isaac » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:29 pm

You've made this hard because that's much too thin of a profile (and shank) to be italian... but you'd also think that would make the answer stand out even more...

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Post by kaydens » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:40 pm

Ser Jacopo
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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:49 pm

Nope not Rinaldo and not Ser Jac, nor Radice, nor any of the other well known Italian makers. Ser Jac has a reputation with American pipe smokers that well outweighs these folks. There is no artisan name associated with these pipes - only a brand name.

Think Florida.

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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:53 pm

isaac wrote:You've made this hard because that's much too thin of a profile (and shank) to be italian... but you'd also think that would make the answer stand out even more...
Yes, it's not your average Italian pipe. Castello stems are fat by comparison.
I'm not trying to make it hard but this is what makes the pipe and this game interesting. BTW it's the only one of this brand that I have.

Have I completely poisoned the water for guesses?

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Post by kaydens » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:00 pm

Thomas Cristiano
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Post by Rusty » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:07 pm

kaydens wrote:Thomas Cristiano
Very good! Yep. I've been told that it's a signature grade Cristiano. And the others that I've seen were all massive clear finished flame & straight pipes so this one may be older. I don't know a lot about it. But it is a nice pipe.

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Post by kaydens » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:11 pm

Rusty wrote:
kaydens wrote:Thomas Cristiano
Very good! Yep. I've been told that it's a signature grade Cristiano. And the others that I've seen were all massive clear finished flame & straight pipes so this one may be older. I don't know a lot about it. But it is a nice pipe.
Florida gave it away. But you are right about the stamp, I have not seen that stamp on his pipes before. Must be, as you said, an older piece. Or it could also be that I have not seen enough of his pipes. :)

oy... am I up? ..... let's see....
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Post by kaydens » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:27 pm

Image

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Two pictures of the same pipe, I am not sure which would appear clearer, so I posted both. Have fun.
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Post by jruegg » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:04 am

kaydens wrote:Image

Image

Two pictures of the same pipe, I am not sure which would appear clearer, so I posted both. Have fun.
That looks like the apple cousin to my Mastro de Paja billiard


*edit* I don't see the silver dot so I'm sure it's not..... just saying.....
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Post by kaydens » Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:25 am

Not Mastro de Paja
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