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Gustavo Cunha é pipe maker da marTelo, designer, amante da natureza e fascinado por cachimbos. Cresceu em Diamantina, uma pequena vila colonial portuguesa no interior de Minas Gerais, onde cultura, natureza, belas paisagens e tradição fazem parte do cotidiano de seus moradores. Observando a arquitetura da cidade, descobriu a madeira que logo se tornou a sua matéria prima favorita e que o levou a se graduar em design mais tarde.

Trabalhando como designer em uma fábrica de móveis com apelo modernista brasileiro, Gustavo teve acesso a máquinas que o permitiram fazer seus primeiros cachimbos, todos freehands porém ainda com apelo tradicional. Em 2013, visitou Tom Eltang (pipe maker dinamarquês) que o ensinou processos, mostrou ferramentas e o mais importante: uma possibilidade de vida e trabalho diferentes. Retornando ao Brasil, comprou todo o equipamento necessário para começar sua carreira de pipe maker e, desde abril de 2014, é artesão em tempo integral. Mais recentemente ele visitou os gregos Chris Asteriou e Konstantinos Anastasopoulos aonde pode aprender novas ténicas e designs.

Gustavo Cunha utiliza apenas blocos de briar extra secos dos melhores fornecedores da Grécia (Makis Minetos) e Itália (Mimmo Romeo).

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Gustavo Cunha it's the marTelo pipe maker, a nature lover and designer fascinated by pipes, grew up in Diamantina, a small village deep into Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Dating back to colonial times, traditional culture, nature and beautiful landscapes are a great part of the daily lives of its residents. Observing Diamantina's colonial architecture his interest was drawn by wood, wich quickly became his favorite material and led him to graduate in design years later.

Working as designer for a modernist brazilian furniture make, Gustavo had access to machinery that allowed him to make his first briar pipes, all freehands but with classic english old charts inspiration. In late 2013 he visited Tom Eltang, with whom he got the chance to learn about processes, tools, machines and the most important: a new life and work possibility. Back to Brazil, Gustavo bought all the necessary equipament to start his pipe making career and in April 2014 he became a full time pipe maker. He also more recently spent some time with Chris Asteriou and Konstantinos Anastasopoulos honing his craft, and readily admits he was influenced greatly by the young Greeks' work.

Gustavo Cunha uses only super dry Greek (Makis Minetos) and Italian (Mimmo Romeo) briar blocks.

Gustavo Cunha in his workshop.

Diamantina´s landscape.

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