There are many different shapes of pipes and infinite
variations. MPC has entrusted MPQ (the working group who is responsible
for the Quality Certification) to register and classify at least the shapes
which, historically, can be considered "classic". This definition implies
the first briar pipe shapes which have given birth to many interpretations.
The pipemakers themselves admit that a visit to the Pipe Museum of Gavirate
or the Brebbia Collection is enough to realize that, as far as shape is
concerned, everything has already been done.
MPQ does not expect to have the last word on the description and representation of the classic shapes, and it does not allow itself to establish their correct interpretation; it is purpose is to be of help to those who wish to use it as reference, comparison - and why not? - to give rise to discussions, modifications and to further improve this classification which has 118 "classic" shapes registered (44 group leaders - including 12 progenitors - and 74 variations).
We have purposefully abandoned the idea to include measurements and allowances of the shapes.
We believe this necessity belongs only to the important buyers, and distributors. It can only be useful to set the pipemaker production standards (completely mechanical) that control the quality of replication.
For us a shape must have above all a visual identity and, when possible, kinesthetic. Any contribution (from historical notes to etymological references, from the definitions to personal experience) will be welcome to
If beginners will be willing to accept help, they will find for every shape an advice easy to understand:
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