This “Ranier Barbi German Freehand Dublin Straight Grain” is a unique piece from the famous freehand Pipe maker Ranier Barbi. It is an estate pipe made at the hight of Barbi’s carrier, in the year 2000.
Barbi was one of Germans greatest pipe makers ever, and is easily the best German pipe maker from the late 20th century to the early 21st Century, till he passed in 2011.
There is no doubt, Rainer was one of the very best pipe makers in the world, which is very remarkable for someone who started out as an autodidact (self-taught). Barbi can be proud of his work, they are amongst the most popular pieces worldwide.
This is a beautiful example of a Barbi pipe. German freehands draw from Danish freehands, but have their own shaping cues, such as longer shanks, more organic shaping, and minimalistic with nuances to the shaping cues that display the grain as best as it can be.
This pipe has a Dublin style bowl, but is otherwise its own unique shape, and although he has made other similar pipes, each it unique, and both the stummel and stem are hand cut.
Maker: Ranier Barbi, German
Shape: German Freehand Dublin
Length OA: 5 1/2″
Bowl height: 1 5/8″