LUXURY SMOOTH ZEN OLIVE WOOD SMOKING PIPE KIT
You are seeing another charming work of art by the master Abi Natur. This jewelry work of art made from approximately 700 years old olive tree. This is some how interesting to know that Abi Natur finds his Olive Wood blocks by himself and by searching in his Olive Wood forest. We strongly recommend you to read about him in "About the Author" section, to get an idea how he selects, cuts and finds his best block for the most fitting shape of the pipe.
At the first glance, this stunning creation amazes the eyes with a sense of unity and perfect harmony in shape and colors. Dazzling lines of the wood together with the novel shape of "Zen" is actually the new taste of this carver. The Zen offers absolutely tigh-lines of the texture which is reflecting the ancient old of the wood.
When the great idea combines with the perfect shape, mixed with the essence of beauty and harmony and finally merge into an absolute tight olive wood grain, the final result will be this high-end smoking pipe kit. The dense marble like grain of this center core piece,opened up its grain like a painting made by nature. " The harmonious gradual coloration is rare, I am well pleased how it accompanies the shape on this rather meditative Zen-vase shape" the artisan said bout this creation.
Mouthpiece is a hand cut German Lucite, aplikation-Olivewood/Ebony, pipe cleaner passes easily, draft holes are bored to 4.2mm, stems forms towards the button a Y slot providing so a minimal airflow resistance while ensuring a very easy draw,comes with black plush sock.
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.