Though many accomplished artisans try their hands at daring freehands, organically evocative sculptural pieces, and their own signature shape renditions, a true hallmark of an undeniably skilled pipemaker is how well they handle the classics. And one could argue that it doesn't hardly get more classic than the faithful straight Billiard (clay Cutties and Dublins aside). Despite seeing all manner of exotic shaping cues on a regular basis, there are many of us around Smokingpipes that are naturally drawn to well-handled shape-chart standards, and particularly those, like this one from the brilliant Greek artisan Michail Kyriazanos, wearing a neat sterling silver army mount. Excellent work here.
- Daniel Bumgardner
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