Take this little jewel of briar, bearing some of the most beautifully defined birdseye I've ever seen - in a perfectly executed, neoclassical Brandy of firm proportions; which is a bit unusual for the maker, Poul Ilsted often referred to as the "Panel Master" or "Mr. Bulldog", nearly all of his production either Panels or Bulldogs (that was easy). The stem is a bit of an oddity, not just for the fact that it is cumberland, a material rarely used by the artisan, and it's in mount form, but also because of its very unique pattern, that faintly resembles that of a silk-screen print. But, though Poul is treading on some very unfamiliar territory here, he never falters the shape. The new generation of pipemakers should take note.
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