I had the pleasure of meeting Gustavo Cunha years ago at a pipe show and was impressed by what a genuinely kind person he was and his enthusiastic passion for pipes. Carving from his native country of Brazil, his work draws much inspiration from his beautiful surroundings.
At the time I met him I wish that I picked up a few of his pipes as the prices were quite reasonable however since then he has become world renowned and needless to say his creations now command a premium! He was fortunate to work with Tom Eltang and gain invaluable insight into high grade pipe carving and while many times we see carvers who have had opportunities like those draw tons of influence, Gustavo on the other hand has a style all of his own and it is displayed handsomely here with this incredible two pipe custom made set from just last year. His blasts remind me a LOT of JT Cooke's work with exceptional craggy ring grain that is downright impressive. This gorgeous cased set features a hefty hex panel Billiard in a rugged natural finish and then a stunning squared panel Canadian that is almost 9 long! The Billiard feels amazing in hand with it's hex shaped bowl and carries nice thick walls surrounding a generous chamber.
The shape is extended into the hexagonal shank that is adorned with a dark piece of horn which then meets a real horn stem that is a gorgeous color and even has a small darker horn accent piece as well. It also comes with an additional gray lucite stem. The finish as previously mentioned is a honey colored natural finish with a touch of red while the 360 degree ring grain blast is out of this world, wow! Then there's the Canadian, oh man, the Canadian! What a pipe this is and I love that although it is a square panel it shows Apple characteristics and sports extra thick walls with a generous chamber as well and offers plenty of capacity.
For it's size it feels well balanced and lightweight and the texture in hand is phenomenal. The unique bowl transitions to a rectangular shank that is quite long and meets what appears to be an ebonite stem with a dark horn accent. Finish appears black from afar but I believe it is an incredibly dark burgundy and truly makes for a stunning look with 360 degree ring grain that might be even more uniform/craggy than the Billiard! This set is not only near mint but nestled in a cushioned felt line wood box with locking clasp and is a dream set for any serious collector.
Don't miss this one as it will not last! Nomenclature: GUSTAVO CUNHA MARTELO BRAZIL (Plaque inside has original owners name). Billiard: 6 3/8" Long, 2 1/4" Tall, 13/16" Chamber Width, 1 7/8" Chamber Depth. Canadian: 8 7/8" Long, 2" Tall, 13/16" Chamber Width, 1 5/8" Chamber Depth.Condition: Both pipes have been lightly smoked and are in excellent condition throughout. I aim to offer the best selection of pipes covering all makes and grades, truly something for every smoker and collector! All of my pipes are restored, sanitized, and ready to smoke upon arrival at your doorstep! I take the utmost care in my restoration methods to ensure the pipe is as close to its original state as possible and never compromise.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy bringing them back to life! The item "MARTELO (GUSTAVO CUNHA) 2020 CASED CUSTOM RING GRAIN BLAST ESTATE TWO PIPE SET" is in sale since Sunday, March 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tobacciana\Pipes\Estate". The seller is "deadmanspipes" and is located in San Diego, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.