Jody Davis pipes are pretty hard to come by nowadays. First, he doesn't make as many as he once did. Second, they tend not to hit the estate market; his pipes are the kind that generally collectors prefer to keep because they're beautiful and well made. And to have a Jody Davis in your collection speaks volumes about a your good taste in American made pipes. Take, for example, this gorgeously straight-grained Zulu-Dublin fusion. It's perfectly proportioned, exquisitely balanced, and delicately S-shaped in profile. This is a perfect example of the kind of deft pipe-making that's put Jody Davis at the top of the American school of modern pipemakers. And as an estate piece it can be yours for nearly a song.
- Ted Swearingen