If you ever happen to come across a pipe from South Africa, odds are good it will be a Jobert. Johann Slabbert was one of very few artisans active in that particular corner of the globe, but he still managed to earn customers very, very far from home. Aside from solid craftsmanship, one of the distinguishing traits of Jobert pipes is how frequently they appear in materials other than briar, which is hard to come by in South Africa. Johann tended to be sparing in its use, suggesting this deep Volcano was either either a special request, or a shape he felt particularly called for briar.
- Eric N. Squires