It has been said by many that Lee von Erck is an American original, "a solitary individual with ascetic looks and a sense of humor as dry as a dry martini." I personally have never met the man, but I have seen more than a few of his creations floating around Smokingpipes, though I am acutely aware that he has experienced a sudden surge in popularity. Eric is far more familiar than I, and after handing this piece over to him, dubbed it the best shape he has ever seen from the artisan. Looking it over myself, I have to agree: spot on drilling, immaculately oriented grain, and ample chamber (collectors of small pipes beware! Lee likes gigantic bowls) and the exceptional, fluid shaping.