When Chris Asteriou was presented to the wider world as a pipemaker, the first thing that grabbed everyone's attention were his ultra-slender-shanked shapes. The man's no one-trick pony though; name a classic shape, and he can make it in a manner that would please any aficionado of such marques as Comoy's or Barling when they were at their peaks. Chris, quite simply, recognizes that the classics are where an artisan learns and perfects the essentials of pipemaking - including the skills needed to do a proper job on modern and freehand shapes.
So, looking for a stout classic Rhodesian on par with the best ever made by the old English marques? Chris Asteriou is every bit your man, as he is for those partial to an almost painfully slender Liverpool.
- Eric N. Squires