At first glance, from across a room, it would be easy to take this Walt Cannoy briar as a classic Canadian, albeit one rendered in the kind of earthy pallette favored by many American pipemakers. And, truth be told, it is just that - though there is one very important detail you aren't likely to notice until up close: the sandblast. Indeed, you might not even have realized it was sandblasted until then. That is, of course, because it's one of Walt's "suede-blasts", the unique product of a sandblasting technique like no other, producing an ultra-fine, suede-like texture that is, in fact, unlike anything else.
- Eric N. Squires