When watching Briar Blues Charatan Collectors Group video from the Las Vegas show, I was reminded, and taken again aback, by how great the chasm is between the vision of the Danish freehand and those master carvers at old Charatan. By my estimations, it's funny that the Charatan carvers were much further "out there" than maybe anyone else. I guess you could include some of the Edward's creations, and while I know some Edward's diehards would take umbrage with this statement, I've always felt the Edward's vision was greatly dictated by carving around briar flaws no matter what the cost, which results in a lot of goofy, dare-say unsightly looking pipes. I rarely find that the case with either Danish or Charatan freehands. They might get super weird, but they aren't unsightly or folk-arty looking. The Danish and Charatans look like master carver results, while the Edwards look like high school woodworking projects of first-timers. Sounds like I'm bashing Edwards, but I that isn't my intention. I find Edwards roughshot to be rather endearing, just not "master" or polished looking in any sense.
I got sidetracked there. While I think I'm more enamored with, or impressed in a state of confusion in a pleasant way, or something I can't completely understand or explain about those upper grade, freehand Charatans; when it comes right down to it, the Danish vision tends to be something I'd be more likely want to own and smoke. I love looking at those high-end Charatans and really don't have any inclination to desire wanting one of my own. The Danish have that design element, while the Charatans truly look like they're the result of a free-flowing process.
Anyway...I caught myself smiling as I watched this Charatan video, and it got me thinking (more apply, feeling) is all.