What sparks that sublime, primeval folly that drives an artisan?
When for the first time he brushes his hands across the fibers of rough untouched matter and his eyes can already feel the unexpressed shape of what will be?
What solves that fragile but necessary hesitancy that at some point almost inexplicably takes flight and grabs, tames, and reveals the shapeless shape to free it from the prison of the unexpressed?
So that he can offer it (or maybe restore it), through refined and perfected skills, to the world of tangible objects?
Ultimately it is a mystery.
One thing is certain: it's a pure and fulgent force, silvery and oddly nocturnal, because it is born and fed by the luminescent darkness of dreams. And it's in the space and domain of dreams that the creative spirit is cyclically renewing, thus enduring constantly young.
Young because it crosses over what was “yesterday” and yearns for what will be “tomorrow.” It is in the embrace of a new emotion and an ancient desire that a faint and vague idea that is nothing more than a "good vibration" then transmutes into a bright, clear horizon that only wants to be reached without hesitation.
Creating a pipe with one own's hands and through the soul, for an artisan who is free and reckless and fearless enough, is always a pure and strong endeavor.
Or rather, a young and strong one.
Iafisco Pipes came into being in 2010 sprouting from the classical tradition of English pipes.
Besides revisiting the original and timeless English shapes, in the last few years production leaned toward experimentation and new perspectives.
The sturdiness and solidity of the Italian school, the lively organicity of the great Danish masters, the industrial American design in its more harmonious hues — these are the elements forming the backdrop and inspiration that have helped develop the identity of Iafisco Pipes.
Great care has been taken from the outset to obtain the most complete result possible, and guarantee for the smoker not only an excellent sensory experience but also access to a celebrated legacy.
The distinctive elements of something so prestigious are held and guarded by the great master craftsmen — masters such as Teddy Knudsen, Tom Eltang, Claudio Cavicchi, and the Radice family, and most recently Iafisco's collaborations with Jeff Gracik, Chris Asteriou, and many more.
All these experiences have influenced the craftsmanship, pushing it toward a wider horizon.
They are no longer objects designed for the sheer enjoyment of tobacco: they are now tributes to a tradition and a shared collective imagination that joins those who, throughout the ages, have seen beyond the crude functionality of things and are willing to be moved, to appreciate their ability to interpret and return the marks of time.