Shall we lend a hand to this small, but significant portion of our trade balance? We are obviously talking about the prestigious, national pipe production which is primarily destined to foreign markets. Setting aside economical reasons (and, if you like, patriotic ones), the superiority of good quality Italian pipes is an undeniable fact, which remains unrecognized only by incompetent, foreign-product-loving Italians. In order to present a precise picture of the situation, we went directly to the workshops of the main industries and artisans. There we talked with them, observed their production methods, and admired their most recent creations. Inevitably, some producers have not been included in this panorama; this does not necessarily mean that they do not deserve attention, but rather that we did not have enough time to make a complete tour of Italy in the month of June.
(to be continued...)
Prossimo articolo: Italian Pipe Production Panorama - part II