Few carvers do such wondrous things with the Horn as does Tom Eltang. Here, the whole form feels marvelously stretched, as if it were caught in the middle of some sacred yogic posture. Consequently, the composition appears both lean and elastic, in part because the bowl's steep forward cant and also on account of the pipe's ultra-thin profile. Slender panels at each side of the pipe are established at the rim of the bowl and slither forth to the bit, becoming delicately slim slivers near the end of the shank, particularly as the shank transitions into the stem and then into the fishtail. It's a magnificent, spare, shapely specimen of a pipe and is sure to arouse the delight of both new and old admirers of Tom Eltang's work.
-- Ted Swearingen