Take away the intricate swooping ridging, and we're left with a handsome bent Apple with plenty of curve, excellent drilling, and beautiful accents - a composition worthy of merit in its own right. Then again, we're talking about Damiano Rovera, a dynamic carver whose skills traverse the traditional and the flourishing with equal aplomb.
In unmistakable Ardor style, this briar features crisp, defined edges that run from the end of the shank, up along the heel and front of the bowl, only to circle back down again into spirals on the beveled flanks. The result is a sort of subtle ram's horn aesthetic that, paired with the Carolina blue stem and white acrylic mount, takes me back those college days at my Alma Mater. Tar Heel fan or not, it's a beautiful composition that feels both pleasing and natural in the hand - especially finished in the Urano's craggy rustication and deep coppery stain.
- Andrew Wike