Well, this is certainly different. I mean, maybe there is an artisan out there who did a shape like this before, but I definitely do not recall seeing its like before. An Apple bowl, a full, Oom Paul-esque bend, and a muscular form and wild gesture reminiscent of some medieval cartographer's interpretation of a dangerous leviathan breaking the surface of the sea - as you can see, I can't even describe it without wandering into the realm of the intentionally bizarre, unknown, and exotic. Well, bizarre it may be, but it definitely beautifully rendered, the gesture decisive, the form, however strange, perfectly balanced, and that composite cumberland/maple stem a fine example of Grant applying the skills he gained a highly skilled luthier towards making pipes that are as much pieces of art as fine smoking instruments.
- Eric N. Squires