Given that Smokingpipe.com has been selling Tsuge Ikebanas since Moses was a Corporal, I figured it was a dead certainty that we had presented a sandblasted Bulldog of some sort from the venerable company. Nein, nyet... nuh-uh. Be it bent or straight, this is our first Ikebana Bull-blast (and we have only had one smooth), kind of takes the wind out of any ‘classic Ikebana’ sail, huh?
Falling closer to traditional than daring on the sliding aesthetic scale, this five inch cutie does emphasize the sphere more than the former, as well as present and implied momentum. That attention to the round isn’t merely in the macro shape of the bowl, but in the equatorial placement of the implied bead. An SPC Ikebana ‘first’ and priced at $300. Quite worthy of consideration.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves