Whether they be in their middle years or twenty-somethings, American artisans of the new wave have become known for, in particular, a combination of eclectic shape inspiration and exceptional sandblasting techniques (producing, of course, exceptional results). Here Bruce Weaver appears to have taken the form and proportions of this Lovat from the Italian school, and more specifically, Castello. That strong-heeled, nearly cylindrical bowl, extra-long shank, and extra-short bit are dead ringers. And as Bruce was one of the artisans who made American pipemakers reputed for fine sandblasts, it is of course only fitting that he finished this briar in a real knock-out of a one - crisply detailed from tip to tip of the stummel, smoky and earthy in palette, and ring-grained to the gills.
- Eric N. Squires