"The most difficult series I've ever produced,"
is how Giancarlo Guidi described the Compta Series, which was
introduced in 1997.
A highly respected pipe maker once stated he could train a
monkey to make a freehand, but it would take a craftsman to make
a billiard. It's a great line, and more true than not. Each classical
shape is already well defined, and therefore create the most
problems for pipe makers. This is why the classic shapes have
been the "meat and potatos" of industrial machine manufacturers.
They create a template and get the same shape each time. Certain
drawbacks are inevitable in machine turning. First, blocks prepared
for machine phrasing are small to fit the chucks which hold the
blocks. Additionally, the quality of the briar is much lower,
and dramatically less expensive than the XX Plateaux which Ser
Jacopo and most other artigiani use.