Whether it's in briar or olivewood, lissome and flowing or straightforward and firm, freehand or traditional, Massimo Palazzi and Andrea Pascucci will make it, and make it very well. This straight Billiard, as you can see, is an example of their penchant for classic shapes. It's rendered with a bit of a fuller, more Italian bowl, but not to any exaggerated degree. Take away the signature, asymmetrical silver band (and silver duck's head logo on the stem), and it might readily pass as the work of one of the pricier English marques.
- Eric N. Squires