We've seen several Canadians from Michael Lindner in the past, but this one stands out. His previous examples were all along the classic template, sporting flattened, softly oval shanks, but here he's gone with something very different - a crisp, streamlined, long-and-low reinterpretation of the diamond shank of the traditional Bulldog. I also couldn't help but notice that this Canadian's bowls sports more taper, more emphasis on low-positioned massing, and overall a softer, rounder style, especially at the rim. All of this makes for a better pairing with the diamond shank, the taper complementing the bevel, the softer lines creating a pleasing contrast and greater overall shape-definition.
The accent, I should note, is "pale moon ebony", or as it is also known, black and white ebony. This is a rare and dear material, on par with the more commonly known, albeit just as uncommonly available solid-black ebonies. Can't say I've ever seen it on a pipe before, but it looks great on this one, serving as a buffer between, and complement to the dark auburn finish and the jet-colored vulcanite.
- Eric N. Squires