Poul Winslow's school teachers must have loved him if he left apples this large on their desks. Packed with flame and plenty of birdseye up top, it sports a dark, rich mahogany stain, finished smooth to highlight the grain. The shaping is Winslow from bit to rim - taking the Danish form, blowing it up, and adding tons of asymmetry. Deep flutes run up the left flank and front of this bent Apple's plump bowl, reminding me of the phoenix talons we often find on carved meerschaums. These ridges seem to provide slots of sorts to better cup this massive briar in the palm. With plenty of chamber too, it makes for one interesting, long smoke.
- Andrew Wike