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TOM SPANU, Sardinia, Italy
Handmade pipe unicates
BACK TO THE ROOTS

TOM SPANU – on his search for the origins of a very special capability, Mr Diez, leading manager of Denicotea GmbH 1992, after having visited a local pipe fair “pipe and pipesmoke” in Italy, where he saw pipes from extraordinary shape and beauty, went further on to Sardinia. There he found Tom Spanu, a silent, concentrated appearing Sardinian, in Laerru, his hometown, a small township on Sassari province.

Meanwhile Tom Spanu moved.
Sardinia – streamed by clear Mediterranean Sea, with rough cliffs, but also lovely beaches, in ancient times formed into a landscape that mountains seem to be barren, with vegetation called “Macchia”, that owns plants that stream a strong, aromatic-spicy smell, with fertile fields and vineyards – owns are very own mood, consisting of a mixture of natural joy and …
… silent, sometimes melancholy silence. This is the master’s home, who owns the very unique opportunity to accompany the life-cycle from a briar-root to the final masterly crafted unicate. Tom Spanu and his brother Augusto work a 100 ha huge forestal area that is a leasehold property. There they choose and harvest precious Erica arborea root. This huge-grown shrub should be grown for 60 years minimum, before its root may provide …
… the proper material for high quality pipes and can be considered as harvestable by Tom Spanu. Carefully and with a skilled view those shrubs are examined that seem to be acceptable. Strenous digging is done in winter months. The roots won are seasoned – like a precious metal – in a dark, even temperated room and are kept humid with linen bags to protect the roots for beginning to grow or drying out.
Every year in spring, there begins a fine grouping and sorting in several quality classes. The master decides personally about the potential of created Ebauchons and removes roots considered unuseable. After 24 hours of cooking the remaining ebauchons are totally free from micro-bacteria and are going to be dried for 3 years in a natural way with even temperature conditions. It is a special satisfaction for Tom Spanu, the artesan master, to take the pieces that are intended for further crafting, in his hands, to feel their hidden shapes…
… and gives them in his imagination their final body. Like unique structures of these roots growing slowly over the years, also Tom Spanu artesan craftmanship has developed, riped in many long years. It is sensibility, the view for hidden secrets, the acceptance of the unique natural beauty and also the masterly craftmanship to bring those parts of the root to light – with a skilled hand – that awake life of a pipe – and also to remove those parts that contradict.
This is the time when Tom Spanu is very quiet and silent, in a way communing innerly with his masterpiece. For more than 30 years now he creates pipes. At the beginning he learned in North-Italian pipe industry, but then returned to his “roots” – “back to the roots” – to his home, to this satisfying work, that makes the full cycle of creation possible. Tom Spanu loves his work, confirmed by his pipes. He knows to realize easy, pure shapes…
… to underline grain and structure, but also to create a special mood by using decorating elements in sparkling game with color- and shape contrasts. All are made with high-valuable, hand-cut mouthpieces from acryl that are one more element of creation of his creativity. Massive silver- and gold rings are used if there can be obtained an increasing optical appearance.We are proud to have filled Tom Spanu with enthusiasm for the International pipe community and to be able to offer a good part of the – limited – production of very precious handmade unicate pipes.

Tom Spanu pipes show the name of the master and “point” from briarwood with a silver-stick on the mouthpiece as remembrance.

TOM SPANU

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FIAMMATA SCURA

P-IT-SPANU-SF2001-1 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed order info
P-IT-SPANU-SF2000-1 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-SF2000-2 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-SF2000-3 150,83 1 Click here for detailed product info

FIAMMATA

P-IT-SPANU-F2000-1 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info

FIAMMATA FINA

P-IT-SPANU-F2-2000-1 278,65 1 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-F2-2000-2 278,65 1 Click here for detailed product info

FIAMMATA FINA FAVOLOSA

P-IT-SPANU-F3-2000-1 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-F3-2000-2 332,34 1 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-F3-2000-3 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info

NOVELTY CORK-COAT

P-IT-SPANU-KORK2001-4 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed order info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2001-3 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed order info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2001-2 184,07 1 Click here for detailed order info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2001-1 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed order info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2000-1 184,07 1 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2000-2 SOLD 0 Click here for detailed product info
P-IT-SPANU-KORK2000-3 184,07 1 Click here for detailed product info
HANDMADE UNICATE SF2001-1

FIAMMATA SCURA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm Filter

Specification :An exclusive, elegant model of Maestro Tom Spanu. Made from best Sardinian Plateau-briarwood, absolutely free of putty. Surface hand-ground and highly polished with Carnauba-wax.

Shade of an old Cognac, elegant shaft’s finish by a ring from 925 Sterling silver.

Mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut and wax-polished, intended for use with 9 mm filters. Special-adaptor for a filter less smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE SF2000-1

FIAMMATA SCURA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :A beautiful model of Maestro Tom Spanu. Made from best Sardinian Plateau-briarwood. Absolutely free of putty. Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnauba-wax.

Shade of an old Cognac, elegant shaft’s finish with a band from 925 Sterling Silver. Mouthpiece from acryl, handcarved and wax-polished, intended for use with 9 mm filters.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE SF2000-2

FIAMMATA SCURA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Tiny, dainty Maestro Spanu presents this beautiful model. Made from best Sardinian plateau-briarwood, absolutely free of putty. surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnauba-wax.

Shade of an old Cognac. Elegant shaft’s finish with a band from 925 Sterling Silver. Excellent attractive grain. Mouthpiece from acryl for 9 mm filter.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE SF2000-3

FIAMMATA SCURA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Unusual shape, interesting game with material and grain are charcteristic for this model. Made from best Sardinian Plateau-briarwood, absolutely free of putty. Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnauba-wax. Shade of an old Cognac. Extraordinary beautiful grain, partly straight-grain, partly cross-grain diagonal and a perfect bird’s eye.

Elegant shaft’s finish with a band from 925 Sterling silver. Mouthpiece from acryl for 9 mm filter, hand-cut and polished.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F2000-1

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TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :A wonderful model that shows once again creativity of Maestro Spanu. Uneven faceted head, elegant shaft’s transition and a curved head’s upper side. Made from specially selected Sardinian Plateau-Bruyère, absolutely free of putty.

Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnauba-wax.

Shade : Cognac

Extraordinary and unsual combination of grain ! Shaft’s finish with a black ornamental ring from acryl. Mouthpiece hand-cut from acryl and wax-polished, with an inset ornamental ring from briarwood. Mouthpiece for 9 mm filters.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F2-2000-1

FIAMMATA FINA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :A wonderful elegant model of Maestro Tom Spanu. Made from best Sardinian Plateau-briarwood, absolutely free of putty. Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnauba-wax.

Shade of an old Cognacs, elegant shaft’s finish with a band from 925 Sterling silver. Mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut and wax-polished, intended for use with 9 mm filters.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F2-2000-2

FIAMMATA FINA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :An extraordinary model, that shows the creativity of Maestro Spanu once again. Made from Sardinian plateau-briarwood of TOP-class, absolutely free of putty. Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnabau-wax.

Shade : bright-honey

Excellent grain. Straight-grain and bird’s eye. Mouthpiece from acryl handcut and wax-polished.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F3-2000-1

FIAMMATA FINA
FAVOLOSA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Pure elegancy characterizes this TOP-model. Made from Sardinian plateau-briarwood of absolute TOP-class. Absolutely free of putty, without spots. Surface ground by hand and highly polished withh Carnabau-wax.

Shade : natural-bright-cognac

Perfect straight-grain and bird’s eye. Head’s border with a true, polished ring from horn. Shaft’s finish by a polished ring from from horn. Mouthpiece from acryl hand-cut and wax-polished with an ornamental ring from briarwood.

Mouthpiece for 9 mm filters.

Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F3-2000-2

FIAMMATA FINA
FAVOLOSA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Extraordinary in its making and head’s shape, Maestro Spanu has shaped a TOP-model.

Made from Sardinian plateau-briarwood of absolute TOP-class. Absolutely free of putty, without spots. Surface ground by hand and highly polished with Carnabau-wax.

Shade : natur-bright-cognac

Extraordinary grain, that is different on each area. Mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut and wax-polished.

Mouthpiece for 9 mm filter. Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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HANDMADE UNICATE F3-2000-3

FIAMMATA FINA
FAVOLOSA

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Tiny, swinging, delighted – this is the presentation of this TOP-model. Made from Sardinian plateau-briarwood of absolutely TOP-class. Absolutely free of putty, without spots. Surface ground by hand and highly polished by hand with Carnabau-wax.

Shade : natural-bright and honey-shade.

Excellent straight-grain on the pipes body, with a perfects bird’s eye on the upper side of the head. Shaft’s finish by a true polished ring from horn. Mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut and wax-polished with an inset ring from briarwood.

Mouthpiece for 9 mm filters. Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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NOVELTY CORK-COAT 2001-4

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm Filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these materials and to create magnificient unique pieces like this one.

Pipe head from best Sardinian plateau-briarwood, coated by Sardinian Cork-Oak. Slim cognac-sahde head’s border, polished head’s upper side and a polished shaft’s end.

Dark, marbled, bernstein-shade saddle-mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut for 9 mm filter. A special adaptor for a filterless smoke (like 3 mm bore hole) is included for free.

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NOVELTY CORK-COAT 2001-3

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm Filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these materials and to create magnificient unique pieces like this one.

Pipe head from best Sardinian plateau-briarwood, coated by Sardinian cork-oak. Slim, cognac-shade head’s border, polished head’s upper side and polished shaft’s finish.

Bright, bernstein-shade mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut for 9 mm filter. A special adaptor for a filterless smoke (like 3 mm bore hole) is included for free.

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NOVELTY CORK-COAT 2001-2

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm Filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these materials and to create magnificient unique pieces like this one.

Narrow, cognac-shade, polished head’s border, polished head’s upper side and a polished shaft’s finish.

Dark bernstein-shade saddle-mouthpiece, hand-cut from acryl, intended for use with 9 mm filters. A special adapter for a filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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NOVELTY CORK-COAT 2001-1

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm Filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these materials and to create magnificient unique pieces like this one.

Narrow polished head’s border, polished head’s upper side and a polished shaft’s finish.

Bernstein-shade, white streaked mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut for 9 mm filter. A special adaptor for a filterless smoke is included for free (3 mm remaining diameter).

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NOVITÄT CORK-COAT 2000-1

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these two materials. It is a composition of a unique pipe unicate like this one with a rustified head’s upper side, polished head’s border and polished shaft’s finish.

Black, hand-cut and wax-polished mouthpiece from acryl for 9 mm filters, Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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NOVITÄT CORK-COAT 2000-2

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Unique combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian Cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these two materials and to create a pipe unicate like this one.

Polished, cognac-shade head’s upper part and a polished shaft’s finish.

Bernstein-shade, white-streaked with white mouthpiece from acryl, intended for use with 9 mm filters. Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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NOVITÄT CORK-COAT 2000-3

CORK-COAT

TOM SPANU, Italy

9 mm filter

Specification :Unique the combination of Sardinian briarwood and Sardinian cork-oak. Sole Maestro Spanu is able to use this technique to combine these two materials and to create a pipe unicate like this one.

Narrow, polsihed head’s border and upper side, and a polshed shaft’s finish. Black-grey streaked mouthpiece from acryl, hand-cut for 9 mm filters. Specialadaptor for filterless smoke (3 mm bore-hole) is included for free.

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