Brad Pohlmann solidly stands within the pantheon of great American pipe makers. I know that may seem like somewhat of a bombastic opening statement, but confidence and fact are not mutually exclusive. In this Billiard, Pohlmann shows us exactly why he's lauded by critics, hounded by collectors, and why he's such a profound inspiration to the next generation of American pipe makers.
Hearty, lengthy, rugged, this piece comes off as muscular a pipe as he's ever made, but with an elegance in shaping that makes it a truly artful design. Even more interesting is the subtle tweaks and alterations that make the Billiard appear more balanced than its original classic form. For instance, the bowl's rim on the front face is slightly flaring, about-face it bears an even more understated cant, granting the pipe soft lines and a more supple shape, which balances out its palpable masculinity.