About Ardor Pipes
The Ardor Pipe has a history dating back to 1911, when the four Rovera brothers Frederico, Carlo, Cornelio, and Franscesco of Varese, Italy began the manufacture of briar pipes. There they produced numerous styles of pipes under the Rovera name which were sold throughout Europe. In the early years, the majority of the pipes were machine made and only a small portion were handmade. The pipe factory used the many rivers as sources of power to cut and work the briar.
Angelo Rovera, Federico's son, studied and learned the art of pipe making. Angelo's son Dorelio began working with his father in 1958 at the age of 13. Dorelio studied the work of his father, who was crafting fine handmade pipes of many styles including carved figures and famous faces.
Angelo and Dorelio worked hard to perfect the "art of pipe making" and after years of passion and dedication, their handmade (fatta a mano) pipes were being recognized by collectors throughout the world. They contemplated a name for their line of pipes which were named Rovera up until now. It was decided that the "new" name for their pipes would be a combination of both their initials - AR(Angelo Rovera) + DOR (Dorelio Rovera). The name Ardor was conceived. The name Ardor is synonymous with beauty, affection, and sincerity, which are the emotions that both Angelo and Dorelio put into each handcrafted Ardor Pipe.
Angelo passed away in December of 1999 and Dorelio Rovera is now the master carver and administrator of the Ardor Pipe Company. Dorelio's son Damiano is 30 years old and has studied under his father's supervision for many years. His passion and love for working with the briar has enabled him to design and craft pipes of exceptional quality. His hard work is gaining the respect of pipe smokers and collectors around the world. Damiano's "Fantasy" Series is a fine example of his skillful hands, artistic vision, and creative mind.
Dorelio and Damiano personally select each block of briar and only the very best Mediterranean briar is used. The briar used is - Sardinian, Ligurian, Calabrian, and Tuscanian. Dorelio travels to various regions several times per year to purchase briar. Weather conditions determine which region the briar is selected from. Ardor has perfected a "secret" method of seasoning the briar and this combined with the fact that the briar is air cured for ten years ensures a dry, cool smoke. No mastic or filling is used. The mouthpieces are hand cut from slabs of acrylic and are made in the Ardor factory. The original patented Ardor mouthpiece "Pennellessa" is used on many of the models. This totally unique mouthpiece widens at the end like a swallow tail and provides an extremely comfortable bite. The individuality of each Ardor pipe is evident, and no two are exactly alike.
Ardor pipes are available in seventeen models: The Famous Detectives (Sherlock Holmes/Phillip Marlowe/Jules Maigret), Damiano (Briar Bulbs on Stems), Dimitri (Small shapes), Bucaneve (Chubby Shapes), Ninfea (Silver Spigot), Bambu (Bamboo Shanks), Pipe Scolpite (Famous Faces/Animals), Diva (Graceful Ladies Pipe), Fantasy (Unique Shapes with Acrylic Bands), Sherlock Holmes (Special Calabash Series), Christmas Pipes (New Shapes and Finishes Every Year), Giant Series (Ex-Large Pipes In Various Finishes), Super Giants (Massive Pipes), Spiral (Carved Spiral Bowl/Shank), Old Briar (Special Series), Big (Large Bowls), and Churchwardens.
Ardor Pipes are divided into thirteen finishes: Venere Due Punti (Natural Straight Grain), Venere (Natural or Honey Color), Mercurio (Smooth Orange), Giove (Walnut), Plutone (Smooth Bordeau Lacquer), Nettuno (Smooth Black Lacquer), Marte Sabbiata (Sanblast - Tan), Meteora (Carved Rock with Smooth Chips), Urano Roccia (Rusciate-Brown/Black/Red-Brown), Urano Sabbiata (Sandblast Brown/Black/Red-Brown), Terra Urano Roccia (Rustic Natural), Terra Sabbiata (Sandblast Natural), and Tobacco (Carved Tobacco Leaves).
Several years ago, Ardor introduced the line of handmade pipes called Roverart. These pipes were born to satisfy the fantasy of the pipe smoker who desires something different.
Roverart pipes are divided into seven finishes: Armony (Light Walnut), Sinfony (Dark Mahogany), Ricciolo (Carved Curls), Ritmica (Rusticate with Red Accents), Tuba (Carved with Bambu Shank), Sax (Rustic Black with Screw in Bowl), and Cornetta (Large Horn with Briar Shank).
The Ardor pipes are stamped with the following:
(Dorelio Rovera (DR) or Damiano Rovera, Ardor, Finish/Model, Italy, and Fatta A Mano)
Dorelio and Damiano Rovera solely make each Ardor and Roverart pipe. All pipes are completely handmade (fatta a mano). They produce approximately 2,700 pipes per year. Ardor pipes are currently available in 298 different shapes (261 regular shapes and 37 giant shapes).