Right from the word “jump”, every Nosewarmer (really have to come up with another term, fer chrissakes) Ray created was invested with 100% of his talent, creativity and enthusiasm, rather than treated as something which could be produced from a small block. This approach paid off in a spectacular manner; robust briars of Western traditional shaping, save a truncated length, appear in the photos taken at the beginning of Reiichi’s earliest shows, and there were rarely any to be seen in similar shots taken near the end of the same. Turns out that collectors appreciate an impeccably crafted classic, which just also happens to be imminently portable, and the fact that a Ray-Warmer™ will always include cool extra touches (such as the off-angle, twin rings of boxwood which you see here) is always a welcome bonus.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves
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