Rustication is not something every higher-tier artisan pipemaker will tackle; it's a lot more work than sandblasting to produce a pipe that will likely sell at similar, often lower price. But sometimes it just fits a certain shape, as is the case with this clean, bent Dublin with box wood. A wind-cheating, birdseye filled dome presides over a sleekly executed Dublin bowl and the sweeping curve of the shank/bit execution contributes to a sense of forward momentum. This bent Dublin sports impeccably clean lines, a transition of angles so effortless that one tends to forget there are transitions, and the boxwood adds a nice dash of color.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves