Akin to when one picks out a new puppy to take home from a litter, when a write-rat encounters a fresh shipment of briars from a given carver, though actually taking one home would result in dismissal and probable criminal charges, we always find ourselves searching for one (maybe two) to single out as favorite(s). When it comes to the work of Vladimir Grechukhin, however, this content-critter finds that choosing a “pick of the litter” is difficult-bordering-on-the-impossible. Much like choosing from a litter of pups of a favored pedigree (just making sure that I beat this analogy to death), while all will boast similar attributes, it’s within the subtle individual characteristics we discover a favorite. What if all presented different, but equal, charms?
I suppose if a describer had to have an issue with a carver’s work, there could be far more egregious ones. This sandblasted bent Apple is one of my two picks from the upcoming Grechukhin update, and, by a fraction, would qualify as the runt; 4.68” in length and a chubby bowl whose width slightly exceeds its height. The bowl-to-shank ratios and transition of the same, are about as perfect as one is likely to encounter on this side of the veil, and the boxwood at the mount makes for a fine bridge between the dual-stain of the body and the hang-in-the-jaw perfection of the bit. Highly recommended.
R. 'Bear' Graves