There's plenty of flame grain present in this freehand briar, and fitting to its flaring, plateau-crowned Dublin design, said grain displays a lively, forking "V" pattern on both flanks. Aside from complementing the shaping, that's notable simply on account of the way the pattern, while not a mirror image, still remains consistent in this distinctive manner on both flanks; it's what you'd call all that common a find. More often a flame-grain pattern with some particular distortion is, well, being a result of the burl having grown or branched off in some irregular manner, they tend to result in irregular grain - flame grain on one side, for example, and then on the front or rear of the bowl. Or with just two completely different flame patterns on each flank, for that matter.
- Eric N. Squires