Few American pipemakers can channel the Danes the way Jeff Gracik can. And it's not that he just borrows a shape here and there from a handful of different carvers; Jeff is deeply influenced by the tradition of Danish pipe making, and it shows in his work as an accord of philosophies, principles, and aesthetics. This sandblasted bent Apple illustrates as much fairly clearly, I think, as I can see in it some S. Bang towards the hindquarters and cheeks of the bowl, a little bit of Eltang in the shank terminus and the execution of the mouthpiece junction, a dash of Former in the blast, and a touch of Nanna Ivarsson in the overall shape. But Jeff owns it all; this is a J. Alan pipe through and through; genial, luxurious, elegant, precise.
-- Ted Swearingen