It was a gradual process, evolving and reaching further into the design with each pipe, before finally arriving at shapes like, well, this. In a way, it's the asymmetric and more complex freehand equivalent of those antiquarian classic Billiards of the early 20th/late 19th centuries, where in the entire pipe could be seen one elegant and uninterrupted s-curve.
Aside from simply being a fine example of Boris Starkov's great attention to the lines and flow of design, this Teardrop Blowfish also displays dedication to accent-work. That rather substantial ferrule out back is not vulcanite, but black ebony, which has not only been carefully shaped to seamlessly match the briar, but also delicately detailed; carved with a plateau texture along the left that appears like a perfectly natural continuation of the briar's plateau.
- Eric N. Squires
The pipe you see is the pipe you receive. Click here to see our photography process.