The fact that unassumingly superb presentation reminds me a bit of Adam’s work is a pure coincidence, Ping’s art is purely autodidactic – he hasn’t been able to attend (say) the CPCC or the West Coast pipemaker gatherings, and there are times when access to the internet can have some constraints where he works. Naturally inspired, delicate, and gracile in gesture, this sitter becomes an object of contemplation whether in the hand or on your desk – the harmony found within the form of the body is well continued by the ferrule: a three knuckle rhizome which features an asymmetrical inlay (two on the right, one on the left) of horn on the nodes. Limited to only 100 pipes a year, with a strong demand already established in Europe, finding a Zhan briar won’t be the easiest task, but one well worth the effort.
-- R. ‘Bear’ Graves
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