Short of stature, chubby, and intuitively friendly from the first handshake, this Abe Herbaugh briar is what the American school straight Apple is often all about. Classic English ratios for the shape are replaced by a more rubenesque bowl. While the thickness of the shank maintains a classic ratio to the bowl, the length is truncated, and the net result is a new form; one that is simultaneously markedly different than what we are used to seeing on a shape chart, and yet one which seems utterly logical and we readily embrace as an Apple (and this is one embraceable Apple). This splendid saddle sits fairly well, features a grain pattern that is often referred to as “English”; crosscut on the fore and aft of the bowl and birdseye on the sides, and this hand carved cumberland stem and bit is so thin and comfortable, you won’t even know it’s there (pretty much the point of outstanding stem work).
R. 'Bear' Graves