Even when an artisan's style and inspirations differ considerably from any of their contemporaries, there are still going to be certain shapes, signature shapes, which drive that point home in a particularly strong manner. For Vladimir Grechukhin, his Rhodesian is one of them. It is, quite simply, such a bold shape, with its swept-back bevel, jutting, canted bead-line, and broad, smoothly powerful frame, that there's no mistaking it. I have to imagine that this unorthodox arrangement took quite a while to perfect, but perfect it Vladimir did, as he not only manages to make it it turn out with a natural, balanced (albeit also forward-rushing) profile, but also to do it all while nailing the grain orientation too.
- Eric N. Squires