Wessex pipes are handcrafted at the Lorenzetti factory, founded in 1934 by master pipe carver Otello Lorenzetti. The factory remains headquartered in the family’s original house in Macerata, Italy. Only the finest Italian briar is used for all Wessex pipes. The new Wessex Bristol pipes are available in either smooth or black sandblast finishes and are made in three shapes—apple, billiard and Dublin. Each Wessex Bristol pipe features a black Lucite stem. Wessex Standard pipes are also available in smooth or black sandblast finishes and with tapered or saddle black vulcanite mouthpieces. There are three shapes in the Wessex Brigade pipe line. Each Brigade pipe features a brown sandblast finish and has a black Lucite military bit.