Checking through our archives, I couldn't find another example of smooth L'Anatra in a two-tone finish - not counting ones that simply had the rim alone stained differently from bowl and shank. (Just about every pipemaker does that, after all.) As many an aficionado of vintage automobiles can tell you, the two-tone presentation of a design that began with a man and a pencil is something of a forgotten art. Well, by Detroit it is anyway. Pipe artisans like Massimo and Andrea of L'Anatra still sketch their designs by hand, and here they've nailed it to contrast presentation. Fittingly, a classic shape was chosen, and all the more so, it was the Bulldog, with its precise bead-line making a natural split between the dark, grounding, and grain-accentuating stain below, and the light, natural finish up above.
- Eric N. Squires