Gigliucci Pipe

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about drilling
most of my bowls are tapered towards the bottom in order to obtain a slightly ogival drilling compared to a normal bowl with a round cross section.
the diameter of the shank are quite open: from 4 canonical up to 4.5 mm, depending on the shape.
the drilling of the mouthpiece can be from 3 up to 3.5 mm, obviously it narrows near the tooth and in order it wides to the tenon to mate perfectly with the diameter of the shank hole


My logos are the letters "R" "S" "O" "F" in the alphabet in use in my area about 2,800 years ago. So alphabetic symbols are archaic Etruria.

    "R"         rought carved
   "S"         sandblasted
   "O"         bird's eye
   "F"       straight grain

Symbols reduplicate or triplicate as the object and the natural pattern of the briar became more beautiful. Symbols are strictly connected to the difficulty in implementation of a certain shape and the time required to execute it. In addiction to this there is my name and year of construction.

web design Roberto Pierozzi

From my notebooks :

……….there’s a sort of rapture - or exactly a rapture - when, at a certain point, the sanding pad responds perfectly to the stresses and the curve that the briar assumes is exactly the one that I’d imagined and at least reached. In that curve I can see  others pipes, made by other men who came before me.  I realize, then, that i’m not inventing anything at all. I’m maybe grateful to the masters who have worked so far. I’m satisfied that the learning of a craftwork could be as long as a life and that will never arrive to the desired result, but removing matter ,of course, you get closer and softly touch the responsiveness of matter ……


…a notion   that could be evident : if the manner of treating the classic , by changing   it   in its proportions,is modern, the final product is not a modern thing; because   the   pipe   itself,   is basically   the same   over the centuries……..  all   those who work, they need  more than ever   of an historical and professional culture, because   today, as never before,   the result   of hyper  - specialization   multiplied from  the  post-industrial   repetition dominates us …… of knowledge   of   a   specific   object and   its history ....


….. the result   of my work   is inspired by  the   classic    and   by a combination of lines, and then  specularly fluctuates   between   the restricted possibilities   of the craftwork and  the mental  tension,   to   do better


……..digest   the  mechanic  lesson……


……in principle a work of art has always been reproducible
w. benjamin

……..technique is the standardisation of a process obtained through identical repetitions. It is the reduction of an action to its economic limit. Art, on the contrary, is the variation and diversification of a process in order to develop it towards the greatest sensational importance. The artistic experience is an experience  of  enhancement, an act which is   its own purpose .  A technique   is the same act   transformed into a medium  …..
a. jorn

…..but also: the reproducibility   of the experiment   is the foundation   of the scientific method. Without reproducible experiments we grope in the dark. We cannot know the exact results. Perhaps what   you are looking for , but you will not   know how much   random. It can be   also  a  remarkable   thing, but at   the first attempt to   reproduction,  technical /   formal   problems arise and you must find a solution………

…..since 2011 i found my home in "Foundation" brand,  manufacturing   in some way   far from mine  but  in which, many aspects congenial to my way to conceiving the pipe,  have settled. It 's also   the place where the experiences of some   craftsmen cross each other……

…….in theory and practically   the roughed   carved finishing   is   an   "unfinished",  it  distorts the   line already   drawn   by the previous tool and it opens   the pores   of the briar. Contradictory   is the fact that   the roughed   carved finishing   takes, then,  a  finished shape….


…….it seems that some   shapes   arise from   a   strictly   mechanistic   mentality, in fact the machine worker had to drawn lines that could be easily and quickly reproducible…. I’d say that rhodesian and bulldog shapes come up working at the lathe, or however from an idea of a lathe operator … make   minimal changes in   temporal succession has produced what we call " classic", for the craftman is an endless tank full of elements to work with……


to be continued……

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