Aside from feeling luxurious in the hand, this chubby Apple will shock the dedicated "clencher", thanks to its remarkable balance and Lindner's meticulous stem work. I am delighted that Michael elected to dress this outstanding cross grain in a warm, honey-hued stain. The birdseye gracing the right flank of the shank and bowl is especially impressive; it is both dense and fiery. The wide, yet shallow chamber will coax plenty of flavor from your favorite blend and the softly beveled rim is a sleek detail that this puffer always appreciates (easy loading of the bowl).
- Shane Ireland