s for the inserts I have undergone an evolution in my pipemaking: at the beginning I used metal inserts such as silver, now instead I use mainly wood because in my opinion it exalts the potentials of the Briarwood. I am constantly looking for new materials to use as inserts and what I use now are mainly Amboina, Boxwood, Rosewood, red or black Palm, Snakewood, Tulipwood, Olivewood, various animal bones (fossil ivory, giraffe tibia, tusks), etc. As inserts these materials can be used as dowels, rings, small balls, etc.

Materials for pipe inserts

To further heighten the potentials of the inserts I work them in a particular manner which is the result of hard work and experimenting. Again, during my evolution as a pipemaker, I used ebanite mouthpieces in the past but am now mainly using metacrillato (even in its various forms such as salamandrato) or cumberland. The mouthpieces are entirely handmade; I buy bars of metacrillato or cumberland and use a series of stratagems so as to make the mouthpieces pleasant to use. In order to enjoy the tobacco more I carve a special dovetail opening that allows the smoke to "open" and not go directly to the tongue and am very careful not to leave a "step" between the mouthpiece and the stem, especially when I make particular types of mouthpieces such as spirals. To exalt the beauty of the pipe and the quality of the smoke I add something else that is highly appreciated: the traditional mouthpiece is attached to the stem by means of a non-breakable pivot in nylon or delryn so that if the pipe becomes very hot the stem doesn't break, or if it does, there is limited damage. This helps avoid the difficulty one can have when screwing on or off the mouthpiece while the pipe is still warm.

Wood pipe inserts Pipe inserts

As for the flock, I usually use a brass ring, the so-called "army mount" often used also by the Danes so that there aren't any dilations and everything remains integral throughout the time. I have recently begun attaching the mouthpiece onto the insert thus giving continuity and value to the pipe.

Fossil pipe inserts