This dashing take on the inherently organic, asymmetric Blowfish theme is in essence an exercise in seeing just what the pipemaker can do with the briar's grain. Since the pipemaker in question here happens to be Adam Davidson, the answer is "just about whatever he pleases". This is never more evident than when viewing the briar from its underside, where we can witness a gorgeous band of cross-grain streaking along the shape's length in a long, gentle arc, accented both by its post-transition branching-off to swing up along a curling edge at the back of the bowl, and in the isolated reappearance at the underside of the right flank's "fin". Like most of Adam's creations, this piece is a rather diminutive briar in terms of physical scale, yet, likewise typical of his work, also one densely packed with artful consideration.
- Eric N. Squires