Rolling seas of fine-patterned birdseye swirl round the stummel, bordered by lively bands of cross-grain; suffice to say it's obvious Tonino is sourcing some mighty fine briar to accompany his formidable talent. While the bowl features a forward tilt and the underside of the shank, stem and bit rocket back on a straight line. I wouldn’t refer to this chubby charmer as a ‘speeder’ any more than attempt to enter a sumo yokozuna
in a 100 meter dash, because his starting stance was close to a sprinter's. Rather than emphasizing the bowl’s Rubenesque proportions by pairing it with a slender shank, Tonino hits the ‘chubby afterburner’ and utilizes a shank that’s thicker than FloridaMan
. Great move, great pipe.
--R. 'Bear' Graves