Consider the venerable Cutty. Based on the clays of yore, the briar Cutty was, quite likely, the first of the briar shapes. Human nature being what it is, when heath was first carved to become a smoking instrument, the most logical model to look to would be the most familiar in form. Here Ernie Markle takes the beloved traditional shape and deftly imbues it with a sleek, modernist sophistication, while retaining a fair amount of that palpable, but hard-to-define, sense of familiarity and comfort of its inspiration.
Most Cuttys incorporate a slightly curvilinear or subtly undulating bit, and usually feature a Dublin-esque or semi-Acorn bowl. Boasting an adroitly executed Egg-shaped bowl, and a rakish, straight contrail in the shank and bit, the sense of modernity within this Cutty propels it to the edge the futurist. The blast is every bit as even handed as the shape is svelte; just a gentle kiss to coax out a pretty, damask brocade. The peg/foot on the bottom of the bowl will allow for sitting, but I would advise a stable surface.
--R. 'Bear' Graves