The shape is impeccable, there simply is no other word for it. From the perfect symbiosis of sphere and teardrop, edge and plane, to an execution which could serve as a template for the neo-classical bent Apple; every aspect of the form has been addressed to perfection. Though not evident in the pics (needs more of an oblique view of the underside), there is even a poignantly subtle interior line, ‘protected” in its initial journey by the ridge executed on the right of the shank, an aspect (in more pronounced form) that is often associated with Lars. I could go on for eons about the grain, but a ‘Picture is worth a thousand words’, no? If you will forgive the mixed metaphors, while the Ikebana briar is the “Flower of the Pipe World”, Asami Kikuchi has blessed us with a flawless diamond.--R. ‘Bear’ Graves
The pipe you see is the pipe you receive. Click here to see our photography process.