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Here is another inclusive smoking pipe kit by the Genius Abi Natur. Like most of his works, this charming kit amazes the eyes with its unique shape, creativity in design and stunning grade of the old Olive wood. The kit is made of approximately five hundred years old Olive Wood. This Brilliant smoking pipe kit was conceived in regard to the timeless design an architecture of old Egypt. The  Tampers subtly implemented cobra shape was conceived in regard to the Pharaohs royal symbols. Made from Ebony and Olivewood, firmly tenoned and  glued together. The pipe-stand is a combination of straight and curved lines that are composed in regard to the architecture of Egyptian temples.


Solar phenomena at the great temple of Abu Simbel


It is believed that the axis of the temple is positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 22 and February 22, the rays of the sun penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the 4 enormous sculptures on the back wall 60 meters away from the entrance.People gather at Abu Simbel to witness this remarkable sight, on October 21 and February 21 due to the relocation of the temple in 1959.


This pipe is carved  from a central knot of dry olive-wood. The grain opened up in its full symmetry at the front of the bowl. The shape features a spherical entrance  in order to allow a play of  light and shadow.


When a ray of light goes through the opening under the right angle, there will appear a clear uninterrupted sphere that lights up the inner part of the shank. The alignment of the three spherical rims stands also for phases of the moon. The tobacco offerings we smoke within our pipes also undergo three phases of transformation: From the firm consistence of a dried  plant packed in the bowl it transforms by means of fire and heat into a humid smoke freeing so  its essential oils to our enjoyment. "I like to remind myself that smoking a pipe has also a metaphysical side to it" the artisan said. When a light is directed  from the shank-sided part through the opening  you can observe  the shadow of a cobra displayed on the background behind the pipe. It is just one of the  features he was inclined to project within the design of this pipe.


About the Artist


Abi Natur vividly remember the first time he smelled the lit tobacco from his fathers pipe. He first rubbed his eyes from the dense white sweetish smoke, but in time he was drawn to it more and more observing the pipe ritual with fascination. Yes indeed, it opened his eyes then and now.


He was born in 1970 in Belgrade. Since a boy he showed great affinity for different languages, musical instruments and art nourished by his polyglot parents. He attended various international schools during  his extensive travels in regard to his fathers professional involvement as a manager. It starts from Karlsruhe, Stuttgart ,Vienna and Zurich and all over the Mediterranean and Balkan peninsula. His educational journey officially ended when he graduated as a dental technician practicing his hands in precise proportions and a responsible professional environment. The Mediterranean region and the island of Rhodos had a significant influence in regard to work ethics and inspirations. Previous experiences in hobbies like sculpting stone, mosaics and engravings translated itself with time into finely crafted smoking pipes. Yet without the support of his caring wife and children he could never strive towards some lasting accomplishment within his craft.


"I found that the  exchange of ideas on Pipemaker forums showed a positive impact. Developing  a certain  level of understanding for the true nature of shape, proportions and the necessary technical ability to execute a properly drilled and comfortable smoking instrument" he said.


His Workshop is placed on the peninsula near the city of Bar in Montenegro at the Adriatic sea. His domicile lies within the diversity of mountains surrounded by groves of  pines and olive-trees overlooking the sea. That  special atmosphere is his well of inspiration. He carved his first smoking pipes in 2009. He uses highest quality materials, best available Plateau-Bruyère and Olive wood. The stem is hand cut by using finest German ebonite, cumberland or lucite rods stock. Most of his Bruyère is ordered in bulk from Mimmo Romeo or Jaume Homme, while some is hand picked every and each block undergoes a thorough control.


"Working  one pipe at a time is my general approach to pipe-crafting, so that each pipe receives my utmost attention. Even the few standard shapes that I make are unique, I do not use templates  in the creation of a pipe. My tobacco chambers are tapered toward the bottom and hand sanded. Each drought hole is freehand drilled and enters the tobacco chamber at the  bottom center. The pipe cleaner  must be able to pass the pipe from the button of the stem to the bottom of the tobacco chamber without any disassembly. The bit is very widely V-sloted to reassure an easy air draw" he said.


The Olive tree stands as a symbol for peace , finds also its steady place in pipe-crafting. The curing of the wood by the hand of the pipemaker is a rewarding, traditional approach that  reflects  in the pipe. His Workshop is placed by the harbor-city of Bar in Montenegro at the Adriatic seacoast where. The olive tree species “Barska Zutica–Olea Europea” is also to be  found in that region, a sturdy tree that  in a intense sea-mountain climate slowly  grows to a excellent work-material for smoking pipes. It often complements certain pipe-blends with a subtle oily- sweetish taste  in the first offerings. One of the oldest olive trees in the world grows in Bar and is approximately 2000 years  old. The  "Stara Maslina" which means translated "The Old Olive".


"I harvest  my olive wood from trees  350 and  up to 800 years of age. After cutting, cleaning and grading, the wood cures in some old fashioned way for a few more years until its  structural stability and full dryness is achieved. Each  handpicked block of wood is thoroughly observed before being projected on to the shape. The best olive wood for smoking pipes is slowly growing on almost bare stony grounds, the natural fight for survival over hundreds of years is perfectly reflected through the superb marble like grain and its density.Only the best wood is good enough for a smoking pipe, so feel free to take a stroll in our garden of pipes" he said.