When you hold a masterpiece by Kent Rasmussen, you hold a pipe that was created with nothing left to chance, no aspect left unconsidered, nothing less than perfectly executed, and nothing accidental. When viewing most of Kent's work, the eye is drawn to the edges that are formed by the intersection of planes. The only true edge to be found in this composition, however, is at the perimeter of a wonderfully flat, birdseye filled rim. The bowl of this dublin boasts a nifty combo of straight and flame grain and is slightly flattened along the horizontal axis. In that flattening/elongation of the bowl, there is no symmetry lost in its execution. Kent departs from his normal stem-to-bowl juxtaposition by allowing the shank's transition to follow the form of the bowl, in reverse mirror. The stem continues Kent's intention of creating a pipe that, contrary to his normal approach of emphasizing edges over plains, emphasizes the pipe as a whole. The results are both unexpected and stunning.
--R. 'Bear' Graves