This Billiard really rings my bell. Already a die-hard fan of the classic shape, this Ventura is pleading with me to just smoke it already. The bowl walks a fine line between neoclassical Pesaro and old-school English, and the shank/stem are well-proportioned and elegantly tapered from transition to button. The grain is a lovely mixture of flame, 3/4 and birdseye and, another nod to the English school, there is a soft flat panel underneath the bowl and transition that allows the pipe to sit on a flat surface.
- Shane Ireland