I'm always pleased to see an artisan who is adept at complex freehand shapes give attention to simpler, classic forms as well. Frank Axmacher is one of those who can create a pipe that's organic, asymmetrical, and unlike anything you've ever seen (in a good way, mind you), but knows as well that sometimes a man is just in the mood for a Billiard. More importantly, he evidently also knows that just because a shape is so much simpler doesn't mean it's a reason to to pay attention to all the details. Form, line, balance of proportions, drilling, fitting and engineering: this Axmacher is simply a fine pipe.
- Eric N. Squires