There are several artisans out there, particular amongst the Danish and Japanese schools, who have taken the old Volcano shape and turned into something far more dynamic. Here Bruce Weaver ups the ante to create something downright dramatic in its sweeping flow, by taking the modern Danish/Japanese interpretation of the Volcano's bowl, and then following it up with a mile-long, smoothly-curved, sleekly swooping, slashing shank. And, to my eye at least, it's worked. Though still a stable sitter, there's no mistaking anything about this design as static. Of course, all that extra length also gave him a fine opportunity to show off that much more of the briar's ring grain along the flanks (which he has done), and more of the of it's natural plateau along the underside as well (ditto).
- Eric N. Squires