Martin Vollmer and Anders Nilsson: half-brothers, all pipemaker. Cheesy Hollywood tagline out of the way, let's get on to the pipe. The pipe, is fantastic. This is a simple, clean, smooth shape - the kind of shape that's easy to like, yet which, in rendering, any slight mistake will stand out like the Mad Hatter let loose in a nunnery. Vollmer & Nilsson nailed it though, just as expected. Clean and quiet as the form and lines may be though, the final composition is something else entirely. This is owed of course to one rarefied combination of just the right, intensely dense-grained briar coming into the hands of just the right pipemakers, who happened to have one supremely dark and bold, smoldering contrast stain process as part of their skill-set.
- Eric N. Squires