This Freehand looks like a lost flower that has been pulled from dark, rich soil. The paneled bowl is carved with with pedal-like groves and the pale natural finish and texture is very apropos. At the bottom of the bowl and splashed around the rim and shank are patches of dark rustication.
Started from pipes carved at shows, the unfinished briar pipes signed by Erik Nording became so popular the pipe maker decided to create this Signature series around these works of art.
- Christopher A. Huff