Just because a pipe sits in a grand place, grade-wise, does not mean it has to be a grand pipe scale-wise. Case in point is this Heding Diamond, which is actually very close in length and height to the compact, rusticated bent Brandy in this same batch from Peter, and if anything less massive. That, overall, makes it a pretty modestly-sized freehand. However, along with just being a great combination of lines and proportions (typical of Heding shaping, of course), it is also densely, beautifully grained. The flame at the flanks and wrapping over the rounded forward edge of the rim and the likewise smooth lower edge of the shank-end? All lovely. But the real star of the show I think is the birdseye, and specifically the birdseye scattered across the long curve of the underside. Between the briar's grain itself and the way Peter's finish brings nature's bounty out, the display there is simply stellar.
- Eric N. Squires
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