Gabriel's stamping (post 2009), isn't a grading system per se, though one can infer a good deal from a given stamp. A Whale stamp indicates a "smooth pipe of fine grain", and if that was the totality of maestro Dal Fiume's observations about this beauty, the carver possesses a modesty beyond reason. Smooth? Check. Fine grain? No, this is outstanding grain. Though he wouldn't be likely to follow any suggestion from me, I think Dal Fiume needs to create a "OK, this is a killer interpretation of a neoclassic" stamp (he already has a Nautilus for "A harmonic shape").
R. Bear Graves
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