J&J aren’t strangers to incorporating bamboo in their briars, we have seen three from the duo in the past which featured slender, graceful rhizomes of conspicuous length. What we haven’t seen from Jared and John, however, is the use of Buddha belly bamboo (the actual stalk of the plant, rather than the root). This “first” is quite intriguing on many levels.
The thickness of Buddha belly usually dictates the size of the pipe to follow. While I hadn’t seen was a pairing of a smaller classical bowl with BB, I was convinced that the make/break of such an attempt would fall upon a combination of the bowl shape and its transition off its dominant partner. Take a look at this J&J bent Brandy, with its wicked cool asp-like anima; can I get an “Amen!”, brothers?! With a beautifully striated bowl, one with an execution which seems to communicate a lift of the head to assess the surroundings, the totality becomes a bit more serpentine due to the arc and thickness of what preceded it, not despite it. Fine work from J&J.
R. 'Bear' Graves