Sometimes when pipemakers give a particular variation on a finishing technique a signature name, it can be seen as a bit pretentious. Other times, the results are so unique that it's hard to argue against a likewise singular nomenclature. Walt Cannoy's "suede-blast" is, most definitely, an example of the latter, as it produces a look, texture, and feel in hand like nothing else out there. This clean, powerful, modern interpretation of the Rhodesian has certainly benefited from Walt's signature technique, as the way it plays with light and shadow works well with the smooth, massive form, and its exceptional fineness perfectly preserves the precise, sweeping lines.
- Eric N. Squires