A student of Michael Butera, Michael Frey valued quality over quantity - only having released a select number of pipes before he retired; thus, we don't see his numbers in our estates department very often. When we do though, Frey's appreciation of quality shines through - evident in his shaping, drilling, and overall treatment of the briar.
Here we see a 1987 bent Apple from the American carver featuring a slightly taller-than-average, yet fully rounded bowl. The shank is long and elegant sporting a slight upward curve and flair up to its bent saddle stem. It's finished in a contrast walnut with a rusticated rim to accent. Overall the composition is full, yet trim and classy - with no small amount of flame grain either.
- Andrew Wike