I'm guessing there was a significant dose of S. Bang influence in this stout-shanked, yet playfully flowing Jody Davis design. And that's well and fine, especially since, assuming that is the case, he did include a good amount of personal variation as well. The bowl form, for example, is a broad-chambered, almost tubular shape, more akin to a Peterson Pot than the softly-contoured Danish Apples, Brandies, and Billiards S. Bang typically have used in pipes of this style. And then of course there's the finish, which definitely speaks of the higher end of present-day American artisan pipemaking, combining an earthy contrast stain with a fantastically well-defined, ring-grained sandblast.
- Eric N. Squires