Back when Michael was visiting Adam Davidson's workshop, he'd mentioned to us how he likes to indulge in more experimental designs when it comes to the briars he fashions for shows and for retailers (like us, naturally). The majority of his commissioned work is in the classic shapes, which isn't all that surprising since A) he does great classics, and B) traditional shapes just generally have a broader appeal, and so more individuals are liable to ask for one. Well, this works out just fine for us, as it means we're receiving a greater variety of designs overall, both classic and modern. This ultra-low-slung, extra-broad bit of sleekness is, of course, an unmistakable example of the latter. It's a shape that, were it cast and chromed instead of carved from briar, looks like it could just as well serve as a stylistically appropriate hood-ornament on something like, say, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin.
- Eric N. Squires