The tradition of making pipes by hand in Recanati, Italy, dates back to the 1850s. Later, in the 1900s, there was already a flourishing pipe making establishment called Hully Briars, which at that time employed about 40 workers. Later still, Mr. Igino Moretti and his wife joined Hully Briars, when the business was at its peak of prosperity, employing 50 people.
Today, Marco Biagini, Mr. Moretti’s son-in-law, continues to produce the Moretti pipes based on the teachings and tradition of the founder. Mr. Biagini produces approximately 500 carefully hand made Moretti pipes a year.
For the pipe smoking world traveler, the Moretti pipes are still made in the small town of Recanati, in the Marche region of Italy. In fact, the Moretti pipes are produced in a workshop located across the street from the house where the famous Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi was born.
Today Moretti Pipe is famous all over the world. Each Moretti pipe is meticulously made by hand using Calabrian briar seasoned for 10-15 years and Bog Oak – Morta seasoned for 4000-6000 years. Unlike most of the hand made pipes available these days, a Moretti pipe is made completely by hand, with almost no elaborate machine work. For example, Marco holds the piece of briar in his hand while boring the tobacco chamber (and, of course, the same with the shank bore)! The process is rewarding as much as it is demanding. One of the most important features that distinguishes the Moretti pipes is the fact that they are almost all of a smooth natural finish (it’s estimated that the rusticated pipes form only about 5% of total production, and they are usually rusticated to meet a cutomer’s request). http://www.pipemoretti.com
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