The Lovat is a simple shape, but because of that simplicity, also a rather challenging one; the lines and proportions have to be just right, to make one look
right. The very simplicity of the shape makes anything that may be "off" all the more influential on the impression it creates. This doesn't mean there's just one right way to do it, however, and here Ser Jacopo has gone for an approach that really emphasizes the length of the shank. This is helpful when balancing out a big strapping Italian bowl, but it also requires some adjustment on the opposite end, namely a proportionally even shorter than usual stem. This, of course, in turn also emphasizes the length of the shank even more, and so, should you fail to get it right, could in theory lead to a circular battle of tweaking one end of the pipe, then the other, again and again until nothing was left of either briar or stem. Fortunately for us all, the artisans at Ser Jacopo clearly didn't have that problem.
- Eric N. Squires