An "Ars Et Labor" that generously offers beautifully grained (and large) block of briar, very lightly stained to golden perfection. All wrapped in an atypically Italian form. It doesn't get much better than this.
Straight grain lovers, look no further. Three hundred sixty degree straight grain around the bowl earned this the super-rare Fiammata 3-note. Oh, wait, there's more. Birdseye galore on the plump bowl rim! All this done in an Italian style light golden stain (my personal favorite) and a not-so-typically-Italian "Fan" shank Dublin.
Besides being slightly longer than usual, the grain on the bottom of the bowl is superfine and mesmerizing with rings of (what looks like) tiger grain. A whole lot of class packed in this little gem.
Another classic offering fro Ashton. With a sharper hand-feel and a lighter-colored cumberland stem, it's the scrappier brother of the royal family. Did I say classic already? Yes, classic, and never dull.
Sterling Ferrule, army mount mouthpiece, craggy, yet soft blast around perfectly proportioned bowl and shank all neatly wrapped into a package. Who else would you expect something so quintessentially English from other than Ashton?