This is one of the smallest pipes we received in our first batch of Dr. Roman Kovalev's creations, but there's no mistaking that it is also one fo the most dramatic. Everything about this briar is in motion, the lines sweeping in quick, tight, yet perfectly smooth flares and flourishes. If this is a fish, it may be a small fish, but it's one with an amazing amount of fight in it.
Shaping aside (however impressive as it may be), I would be remiss not to note the accent material Roman uses here, as it is both uniquely beautiful, and something of his own creation. In essence, Kovalev takes various organic materials - moss, seeds, grass, nuts, or, as I suspect was used here, leaves, and preserves them within a polymer that is incredibly hard, resilient, and resistant to great extremes of temperature. The idea, in terms of craftsmanship, is not only to create an accent that is pleasing to the eye, but also one that will remain pristine against all hazards, reasonably expected or otherwise, for the entire life of the pipe's owner.
- Eric N. Squires