Pipes may be growing once again in popularity, but as yet we're still something of niche industry. As such, there's a great advantage to being the biggest fish in this particular, presently still modest pond. One them is that with a broad customer base, we're more likely than most to get a chance to get our hands on the works of the great masters. And Jess Chonowitsch, of course, is one of those great masters. Whether your a man with a simple yet tasteful rotation, or a diligent curator of the most rarefied briars ever made, odds are you've looked upon Jess Chonowitsch's work with a twinkle in your eye a time or two - even if you didn't necessarily realize it at the time.
This is because Jess's skill at designing pipes is, if anything, even greater than his remarkable ability at creating them by hand. And along with the likes of the legendary Sixten Ivarsson, a significant chunk of the most refined designs Stanwell ever offered were the product of Jess Chonowitsch's particular genius for line, flow and form. And so, in a way, getting to handle a pipe made by the man himself is rather like having the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a one-off automobile, every body panel of which was hand-shaped by the likes of, say, a Sergio Pininfarina.
- Eric N. Squires