This bent Bulldog is shaped in a solid,traditional style - you wouldn't be surprised to see a mirror-image of its form sporting a Dunhill white dot. The composition, however, is ultimately and unmistakably Michael Parks in style. That it's a great rendition of classic design itself fits into this, as Michael is well-known for doing great classics. The real signatures are in the details, however, like the deep, dark sandblast, which leaves the briar with loads texture, yet somehow also leaves the shape's perfectly controlled lines utterly intact. (No doubt Michael has developed a special technique for this - deep sandblasts typically do chew a shape up quite a bit in the process.) And of course, as is fitting to his outdoorsman/pipemaker lifestyle, Michael favors organic accents, an element of his craftsmanship which is here represented by a subtle bit of ancient mammoth ivory, doing double-duty as a buffer between the dark briar and the novel olive-hued vulcanite of the stem as well.
- Eric N. Squires