Domenico Giordano lavorazione radica - briar pipe


Bollitura radica

Sega circolare per taglio radica

The processing of the Briar

The processing of the root is a long and complex process that starts from the extraction of piece of wood to the sale of the finished product.


The first step is the extraction of the log, the latter considered to be appropriate to its function must be large, so is considered suitable for the log from plants that have at least 25 or 30 years of life.

For the collection, you cut the plant, digging and finally the removal of the root after which it is cleaned after collection from any outside agency (earth, moss, stones, etc.) and taken to a warehouse and underground dark place away from sunlight and by the wind, kept constantly moistened in order to keep it alive and not cause her trauma.

The cutting

The second stage involves cutting the wood through the use of circular saws, depriving the log of his soul, the center unusable, and then proceed to cut the so-called sketches that will be different depending on the size and grain.

Processing of the logs is the "roughing" that is cut into plates and sketches artfully dissected following the plot of the same root, according to the various veins and removing the diseasedor compromised parts. The experience of the master sawyer allows for the greatest number of sketches of good quality with less waste from each log. The next step is to select "blank" of the sketches is called "black" because the sections have not been subjected to boiling and then have a very light color.

The boiling

The third stage involves the boiling of sketches that, once distinct in size, quality and model are boiled for 24 hours in large copper cauldrons.

The boiling water dissolves juices, resins and tannin, thus preventing the wood has a bitter taste. Boiling, removing the sap, prevents the wood from splitting, giving softness and consistency.

The drying

The fourth step is drying, which takes place on the racks placed in well repaired, following a new selection and distinction in groups will lead them to be stored in jute bags where drying will continue for about two years.

The fifth and last phase involves the sale of sketches now ready for processing and carving.


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