A birdseye lover’s delight !
For every pipe artisan the first challenge is the initial decision to decide which design is best suited to compliment the briar’s best qualities. Tatsuo Tajima reserves his freehand GEM shape for only the BEST briar that falls into his hands. Mr Tajima brilliantly produces a flat top panel platform to show off a scintillating display of tight birdseye grain. One can interpret the top pane as an ostentatiously exaggerated rim.
The bottom of the pipe shows an inverted presentation of the bowl, shank and reverse calabash chamber. Two hills and a valley can be comfortably felt while holding the piece. Each hill has smokey thin birdseye that radiates strong lines that project outward to the top panel.
Amazing work !