While many a collector out there either still isn't familiar with, or has has their reservations about strawberry wood as a smoking medium, I can think about quite a few folks who have no reservations whatsoever. The legendary Roman Kovalev, talented Chris Askwith (and their fans) would be a good start, but my foremost citation would be Paolo Becker. At the beginning of 2011 CPCC Show, after many months of previous experimentation, Becker expressed his belief in the wood in a most concrete manner: he handed out many pipes crafted from the material to collectors, and asked for a candid evaluation after a few days of smoking. "Lighter", "More absorbent", and "You have a real winner here" were the answers he received, and the CPCC is one tough house to play in.
This stack abounds with Becker signatures, when he waxes toward the bucolic, and the wildness/spontaneity of the grain complements the form to perfection.
--R. 'Bear' Graves