This is the very first pipe, from my very first batch of Grant Batson briars, which makes this Bear very happy (as well as quite ticked that Eric has always grabbed them ahead of me to describe). After days of exhaustive research (ok, caught me, we’ve only been able offer 17 Batsons to date), it turns out that this sweet Rhodesian the smallest of Grant’s briars we have received. While it has taken me a bit to warm up to the ultra-diminutive smoking instrument, this charmer just became something of a Cindy Lou Who to my Grinch (and the other Bastons didn’t even have to sing to complete the captivation). Small hints of the organic play about the bowl this Rhodesian; a subtle undulation along the rim, along with the tiniest preponderance of briar shifted to the right, from the smoker’s perspective. When working a Rhodesian on this scale, often there is little to no acknowledgement /homage to the beading associated with the classic, but Grant does a yeoman’s job with the reduction – just look at the fine ridge on the bowl which launches the rim reduction.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves