For some renowned pipemakers, it's a particular aspect of their finishes that set them apart; a knack for coaxing out just the right flame grain, or a greatly refined sandblasting technique. For Jess Chonowitsch, however, the watchword is something far more fundamental: design. Quite simply, aside from being extremely skilled at making pipes, Jess is one of the true masters of conceiving and designing their very shapes. It's no coincidence that so many of Stanwell's most sought-after offerings, shapes that have enjoyed great popularity for years, were one's designed for them by Jess.
Of course, all this is all the better when you can get your hands on a briar Jess selected and shaped himself, matching his exceptionally developed eye for just the right form and line to beautiful grain, a hand-cut stem, and a carefully and lovingly executed finish.
- Eric N. Squires