Ian Walker's work is solid as a rule, despite the fact that he makes his pipes on a boat (well, granted it's a canal boat, so presumably he's not being tossed around by a lot of high seas while he works). Nonetheless, briar is a natural material, and even though skilled pipemakers do learn to "read" blocks and shapes-in-progress, and make educated judgments as to what kind of grain they're going to uncover, not every piece that starts out promising is going to wind up with sound flame grain. But this one did, covering the broad flanks of it's generously proportioned bowl, and running right down along the sides of its oval shank. Sits well, too.
- Eric N. Squires