Sono trascorsi piu’ di 10 anni dall’acquisto della mia prima pipa “Le Nuvole”.
Da allora ho continuato ad acquistarne altre senza mai lasciarti dei commenti forse
per pigrizia o forse a causa del mio lavoro che mi porta sempre impegnato in giro per il mondo.
Oggi per l’ennesima volta ho ricevuto una nuova pipa e mi sento in obbligo di lasciarti un mio commento.
Io credo che tu che abbia raggiunto un livello di creativita' veramente elevato da grande artista.
La prima cosa che caratterizza questa pipa, come per tutte le altre che ho ricevuto,
e’ la leggerezza e il bilanciamento veramente incredibile, direi unico,
ecco perche’ non puo’ esserci un nome piu’ appropriato come “LE NUVOLE”.
Guardandola posso notare un fiammatura uniforme e sufficientemente sottile
un design unico che tu insieme a tua moglie dai ad ogni pipa e qui si nota la tua mano di artista
con nelle mani il ciocco e dover scegliere come creare nel modo migliore una pipa,
come lavorarla per ottenere un compromesso tra funzionalita’ e design.
Bravo e Grazie
Adesso non vedo l’ora di rodarla e iniziare a bruciare tabacco,
di questo ormai ne son sicuro come tutte le altre
non avro’ sorprese, le tue pipe non mi hanno mai tradito.
Ti ringrazio ancora e ti saluto
Francesco Massara, AL-JUBAIL, Saudi Arabia, April 25 2013
The pipes arrived yesterday and they are beautiful. Thank you. I am most attracted to pipes that are a little different from the standard shapes, but still shaped in a familiar and recognizable way. Both of these pipes feel familiar but modern and, although I haven't seen other pipes like them anywhere else, they look as though the shape and design is very natural and logical. I suppose that is a sign of excellent design and execution - to make something quite unique but which still looks and feels immediately "right".
I don't know if you are familiar with my favourite band, Pink Floyd. You post links on Facebook sometimes to similar bands so I guess you know Pink Floyd's music. The guitarist, David Gilmour plays in a way that is very clean and melodic, and it seems as though his music is very simple, except that nobody else can play like he does. Probably only other guitarists fully appreciate that he is one of the best in the world. I feel the same way about you and your pipe-making. You make something very difficult appear to be easy and natural, and nobody else makes pipes that look like yours.
Anyway, back to my two new pipes. The long-shanked apple is a superbly comfortable pipe in my hand and I think this is a very good shape indeed. I think you were quite generous to grade this pipe with 4 clouds because the grain is very attractive. I hope one day you can make another like this for me with a sandblast - I would be very pleased to have a pair of these as it just seems to "fit" me perfectly.
I am very happy with the canted liverpool as well and the weight is very good for a pipe with quite a large, deep bowl. I think this will be a good pipe for smoking burley blends in. I think your choice to round the edges of the top of the bowl was a good one and it gives the pipe a very modern character.
Thank you again.
Richard Dunbar, Singapore, January 12 2013
The pipe arrived today - very fast as always. It is absolutely beautiful and I am delighted that I bought it. It is my fifth Le Nuvole and I cannot pick a favourite among them. They are the best pipes I own, and I have a good selection from other high grade artisans. Your pipes have an elegance and quality that is instantly recognisable, even though each one is unique.
This particular one is especially elegant with the long, thin shank and stem and the elongated ovoid bowl. The shape of the bowl is very pleasant to hold and the finish is beautifully smooth. The cumberland stem colour works very well with this design to 'soften' the composition, and the simple boxwood ring is the perfect accent, precisely halfway along the length of the pipe. The proportions are all absolutely right, from every angle, which I think is unusual for a pipe with a tall bowl and pencil stem. I can see that the bowl height and shank length match, and maybe that has something to do with it, but I think it may also be that the bowl is slender too. The pipe makes me think of a fashion model.
Anyway, you can see that I love the pipe very much - even more than I expected. I cannot fault it. I would very much like to hear about your thoughts and intentions when you made it, as I sense you never make 'just a pipe' but you often have a vision in your mind that is surprising and revealing.
One other thing that I've noticed about your smooth pipes is that you always seem to find exceptionally attractive grain and, after a few smokes, the way the pipes darken seems to bring out the grain pattern even more strongly. This seems to be a characteristic of the way you stain and finish your pipes. They really do become more beautiful the more they are smoked.
Thank you very much for another truly wonderful pipe. I will treasure it.
Richard Dunbar, Singapore, November 5 2012
My experience first smoking the Zed 050 was an ethereal one.
The full, blue moon on a beautiful warm night and your pipe complemented one and another. I found myself in a sheer state of bliss as I smoked a bowlful of Orlik Golden Sliced (the gold in the tobacco mirroring the golden hues of the pipe--especially in the moonlight).
I thought of you and the loving hands that had fashioned and labored so long and hard over the pipe.
It was a "once in a blue moon" experience.
Thank you, thank you (molto grazie),
Robert Shadur, Pawling,NY, USA , September 7 2012
Thank you for this latest lovat. The graining of the sandblast is exquisite! The proportions are classic. The bit is comfortable to clench. And the weight is just right for me.
I haven't had the opportunity to fire it up. Yet.
Bill Withers, Decatur, GA, USA,March 7 2012
Arrivata , la stò già fumando.
Caro Maurizio credo sia pensiero comune ad altri appassionati ,che si rimane sempre piacevolmente sorpresi dalle dimensioni, dalla leggerezza , dall'eleganza della forma, si è consapevoli che non si ha comprato solo una pipa.
E due ! caro Maurizio , la mia soddisfazzione è totale .Il mio pensiero è già rivolto alla prossima, e devo trovare un pigino all'altezza , è mi vengono in mente mille cose...come una personalizzata !!!
Grazie buona giornata saluti e complimenti alla Signora Stefania
E' sempre un piacere
Roberto Insana , San fedele Intelvi , Italy , 27 Gennaio 2012
Just because you grow older does not mean you grow up. I can proudly attest to that. For me, the fastest trip back to my childhood is chocolate covered/cordial cherries. They have been my favorite candy since I-can’t-remember-when. Actually I can remember: it started around 1959, so do the math. If Proust can have his Madeleines, I can have my cherries.
A few years ago my dear friend Maurizio Tombari was experimenting with some new shapes and – of all things – made a Cherrywood. Some might call it a Danish Poker. Not as easy a shape to make as one would think.
Sure enough, he hit it spot on. Just perfect: light, graceful, elegant: a classic le Nuvole. (Best part: it has Maurizio’s karma as part of it so you are always assured a great smoke!) Of course I had to have one…and sure enough it is a wonderful smoker. And he named it “Ceraso” – Italian for Cherry.
I had already picked out what movie to watch for a recent Saturday night, but what pipe to smoke with it?
The hand of fate decided that for me. A friend (not even knowing how much I love them) sent my wife and I a box of cordial cherries. Something is telling me that evening’s pipe will be my Ceraso. And so it was, and that night I watched Jeremy Brett, brilliantly portraying Sherlock Holmes, solve another mystery with the same elegance and grace as the Le Nuvole Ceraso that I was smoking that night!
Sometimes the hand of fate steps in and guides you. This was one of those times: a little kismet, a little karma and you have the makings of a most memorable and enjoyable experience.
As always, thanks so much, Maurizio and Stefania, for producing such a wonderful and special pipe.
Dave Siegel ,New York, NY ,USA ,January 2012
Ciao Maurizio scusa il ritardo ma con queste feste non ho mai avuto tempo di
La pipa 10 .... Una meraviglia una cosa che purtroppo solo chi prova può
La caratteristica che non mi spiego e che mi stupisce e' che possiedo una
pipa che come peso e' uguale ma non so .... La tua no... la tua sembra una
piuma ... Bilanciatissima ottimo il tiraggio
E poi bella bella ... Da tenere in mano piccolina giusta.
Cosa posso dire di più ....che solo ora capisco il costo delle tue pipe.
Rodrigo Faccin ,Trbaseleghe PD , Italy ,6 Gennaio 2012