Claudio's smooth-finished briars are beautifully grained as a rule. Actually, so are is sandblasts, for that matter. The point is, however, that it takes something especially gorgeous to make it into his "C" grades. That may mean an even more lush display than usual, or a finer definition of every little angel-hair strand of flame, a design Claudio has taken a particular liking too, and/or briar that's unusually devoid of those tiny yet inevitable natural flaws that occur in the root of a hardy shrub which grows achingly slow in sandy soil. In the case of this handsome, high-rimmed Rhodesian, I'd say it's a bit of columns B, C, and D alike.
- Eric N. Squires