Looking at this seriously amazing bent Billiard, one with a shape and execution which could stand toe-to-toe with most anything in 2014, but was created circa 1980 - am I out of line in thinking of Hasso Baudis as something of the pipe world's analog of J.D. Salinger? Despite his pipes being universally lauded, not to mention insanely popular, after a six year career as a pipe maestro (1978-1983) - now age 28 - he (basically) said the German equivalent of "I'm outta here", and became an architect. The kinder, more philosophical part of my nature wants to say "The pipe world's loss was architecture's gain". Loads of over-research on my part, however, can't locate an iota of information of Baudis the Architect, just scads of speculation as to what this young man's art - one pipe had a retailer's asking price of 100,000 DM - might have become.
While this pipe looks very much like some of Joura's best modern work, it dates about 1980, determined by the stamping (which was different prior to 1981). Baudis pipes, for all intents and purposes, are impossible to come by, out of roughly 4150 German estates, this is only the second that we have ever seen. One might emerge again, but we aren't holding our breath in the meantime.
R. 'Bear' Graves