“Pipe with Stand” In absence of any other information (recognition that it was created by a well-regarded carver aside), you know you are about to see something which might qualify as the ultimate desk accessory, perhaps even the axis around which the rest of your rotation will revolve. You can also be reasonably confident that the price tag will be roughly double what you would normally expect, in absence of that stand. This fascinatingly iconoclastic briar was created by Daniel Mustran, the intuitive and vibrant stand is from Neil Yarm, and the totality (as you can see in pic #6) is as breathtaking as it is visually cohesive. The price is also just roughly what you would expect to pay for one of Muki’s more compositionally challenging smooth briars. Let that sink in a tick.
At its essence, the briar is a ultra-modernist composition based on tiered ovals, with the plane on the rim mirrored in the angle of the maple wood mount and stem inlay. The stand is also tiered; a layering of briar, padauk, and maple wood, and features organic, near geological edges as a counterpoint to the seemingly CAD regularity within the elements of the pipe. With the aid of a hidden magnet in the stand, shielded by a piece of felt, and a metal ball discretely placed in the tobacco chamber, your new Mustran almost seems to float upon its posing dais. Two innovators, one magnificent addition to your collection.
R. ‘Bear’ Graves