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Maurizio Tombari

  • Le Nuvole
  • Pipemaker
  • Pesaro, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Maurizio Tombari Pipemaker
Italian, English
By appointment only
+39 072130750
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The pipemaker

  • • Maurizio founded his workshop in 1996
  • • Since then, he’s been manufacturing around 100 pipes a year
  • • His pipes are called nuvole (clouds) because they are unique and light

Maurizio Tombari believes in destiny. It was the summer of 1978 when he first picked up a smoking pipe. He had just obtained his degree in painting at Urbino’s Academy of Fine Arts and he didn’t imagine he would become a pipemaker. But he was looking for a job and the first one he found was at Mastro de Paja, the most famous pipe workshop in Pesaro, his hometown. Maurizio was a quick learner and soon he stood out for his skills in carving. Years later, after a short period as an interior decorator and a longer one in another pipe workshop, in 1996 he started his own business and in 1998 launched his website, becoming a pioneer in e-commerce. Since then, Tombari’s briar pipes have been sold and appreciated all over the world.

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At the port of my city

Handmade, straight-grained briar pipe with very elegant lines.

Photo: ©Maurizio Tombari
Little Horn

Very light in weight, Little Horn is a smooth handmade pipe made of briar and ebonite, characterized by elegant lines and a showy boxwood band. The merit class is 4 (out of 8), which means the briar is good, quasi-grained.

Length 14.8 cm
Width 4 cm
Height 5.2 cm

Photo: ©Maurizio Tombari
ZED 101

Handmade pipe made of briar and ebonite. Part of the Zed collection, characterized by playful shapes and unique designs, Zed 101 has a curved shank and a round bowl.

Length 14.9 cm
Width 4.2 cm
Height 3.7 cm

Photo: ©Maurizio Tombari
ZED 112

Zed 112 is a poker (or sitting) pipe, namely a pipe with a flat-bottomed bowl that allows it to stand on a flat surface on its own. Handmade of briar and ebonite, it’s characterized by exasperated lines.

Length 13 cm
Width 4.1 cm
Height 6.3 cm

Photo: ©Maurizio Tombari
ZED 116

Handmade Dublin poker pipe, characterized by a flat bottom that allows it to stand on its own and a wide-lined top. Part of the Zed collection, it’s a unique piece.

Length 13.4 cm
Width 4.4 cm
Height 5 cm

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