Sauro Pipe and the wave that breaks it recreates it
Short interview with Gioacchino Sauro, an emerging Italian pipemakers master.
When the pipe becomes a union between Western philosophy and oriental philosophy.
When and how is the Sauro pipe born?
I was born in 1959 and I smoked my first pipe at the age of 14.
I wanted to emulate the myth of Sherlock Holmes and so I discovered the warm feeling of holding a mirror-polished wooden object in his hands, from which arose evocative smells of distant lands.
The Sauro Pipe was born in 2009, encouraged and supported by the famous tobacco shop of Palermo Carlo Riggio.
Since I have always believed that every good craftsman must have a Master, I have chosen Mimmo Romeo and his wife Karin, both students of Teddy Knudsen, an icon among the Danish pipemakers.
In the following years I refined the technique with Eder Mathias, Gabriele Dal Fiume and through the meetings with some of the most famous pipemakers known during the most important shows (Chicago, St. Petersburg, Dortmund, Tokyo).
Since I prefer the natural finish, I buy only briar of superior quality that Mimmo Romeo has the goodness to put aside for me every year.
Hardly use seasoned root over two years because I prefer that the color of the raw material remains as clear as possible.
For the construction I follow the canons of the so-called high grade.
This means root without or with imperceptible defects, as narrow as possible flaring and clearly visible partridge eyes, mouthpieces in German ebonite, often adorned with grafts in exotic woods, and with the pin formed from the piece, drilling engineering of the variable diameter mouthpiece in order to guarantee a smoother as dry as possible.
Finally, I prefer the smooth finish that makes the beauty of the root more evident.
Sometimes, in front of pipes with a particularly thin torch or in bamboo, to guarantee solidity, I prefer to construct mouthpieces in negative, with the metal pin inserted on the torch and the hole on the mouthpiece.
How is the Sauro Pipe logo born? Why the wave?
My logo is inspired by the wave of the famous Japanese painter Hokusai.
I have always "felt", emotionally, that there is something in that wave concerning my work with pipes, briar, tobacco and fire.
I heard my words from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tse: Every wave knows that it is the sea. What undoes does not bother her because what breaks her recreates her.
Lao Tse is a nickname that means "old" (lao) "philosopher or boy" (Tse). His name is famous in China, in Japan, and now also in Europe, for the only book, the Tao Te ching, composed of little more than five thousand words and containing the elements of his doctrine.
Lao Tse developed the concept of Tao, usually translated as the Way, a concept whose meaning is closely linked to the cosmic order of the universe: The Way is Nature.
Lao Tse also developed the concept of Wei Wuwei, action without action.
This does not mean at all that nothing needs to be done, but that one must refrain from having unattainable, megalomaniac and highly fixed objectives.
Do not act, therefore, not so much to detach from the world, to suppress desires and passions, as for Buddhists in India and also the mystics in the West, who renounce the world to reach divine contemplation, but only not to compel artificial forms the natural manifestations of nature, which best achieves its goals when it is not tortured by restrictions and artificial laws.
Like many other philosophers of ancient China, Lao Tse often explains his ideas through the use of paradoxes, analogies, ancient sayings, repetitions, symmetries, rhymes and rhythms.
The writings attributed to him are rich and poetic. They are a starting point for introspective or cosmological meditations ... meditations to be accompanied with a beautiful smoke of the best tobacco in the best pipe ...
In the beginning, I thought about how it would be nice to reproduce on my pipes the sinuous movement of a wave, freehand, with the only help of a pyrograph.
Today, because my poor ability to draw often gave a questionable yield, reluctantly I use a manual pantograph, an old Gravograph bought by a retired jeweler.
I would have obtained a logo the wave of Sauro Pipe, which fulfilled its main task: identify the author and synthesize his poetics, but at the same time I would have guaranteed the uniqueness of each wave, as it is in nature.
"Here's how you must be! You have to be like water, no obstacles - it flows." Always to quote Lao Tse!
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