Next wave aesthetic of pipe shaping: classic shapes, primarily redefined by unexpected - but equally logical, changes in the proportions of the elements which make up the whole. In the case of the bent Brandy, this approach usually produces a charming briar with a plump bowl, a bit more emphasis on the equatorial bulge, a thick (often truncated) shank, and a short-throw stem. Enter Jared and John of J&J pipes, along their fresh vision of how the new proportionality can play out.
This amazing bent Brandy is not only a breath of fresh air, but compelling in form and as attractive as all get-out. Rather than pudge the bowl and expand the waistline, J&J went vertical, and executed the bowl with a near (near) Danish eye towards neoclassicism. The teardrop shank, complete with a ridge which travels from mount to bowl, follows the latter’s aesthetic lead in form and girth, but with enough halt in length to evoke that cool brain-twist associated with the next-wave approach. The dual stain and orange wood mount are a marriage made in heaven, and the grain is worthy of a sonnet. If you have yet to get involved in John and Jared’s work, perhaps it’s time to start.
R. ‘Bear’ Graves