I don't know what it is about them. Many of his shapes are too much for me, but his sandblasts and more classic English shapes with a Danish twist really yank my crank. I just ordered this guy from smokingpipes (along with more baccy to fuel my Kentucy Aquicition Disorder)....
I plan on playing with longer flakes, some Mac Baren roll cakes, and layering some blends in this guy. I like skinny bowls, and this is one tall skinny mutha.
Johs Sandblasted Billiard Pipes at Smoking Pipes .com
I have one other Johs that's a smooth canted straight dublin, and it smokes like a dream. The draught hole is smack in the bottom center of the bowl, it smokes cool, and once all that orange stain came off on my hands the finish is very nice indeed!
But seriously, I think Johs is making some of the nicest pipes for the buck out there. I've got a few petes that are nicely made, but they don't have the little touches in fit and finish that give them that handmade feel. Every Johs pipe is carved by one guy. I like that! His shapes can be a bit "distinctive" shall we say, and he makes a lot of brandy shaped bowls and freehand shapes that I'm not really a huge fan of. However, if one was in the market for a good danish freehand, Johs would be the place I'd send them in a heartbeat. Who else is making ring-grained sandblasted, plateau rimmed bent dublin freehands for less than 80 bucks? And for a handmade pipe? Peanuts.
If you're in the market for a sub $100 pipe, and are into the danish aesthetic, I'd encourage you to give Johs' work a look. For less than the price of any Stanwell, you can have a one of a kind, handmade work of art.
Oh yea, and did I mention mine smokes like a million bucks? Hope this one will too.