John & Jared do not send us many Volcanoes; you are looking at only the second we have seen since J&J allowed us the honor of representing them, and the first appeared over a year ago. Such a gap in shape spotting can usually be chalked up to a couple of reasons: 1. The carvers simply have neither an affinity for, nor love of the shape. 2. If the last one was good, the next has to be magnificent. Take a few seconds to evaluate this smooth Volcano from differing vantages. The wait was clearly not due to the former reason, was it?
This latest shipment from J&J has been universally acknowledged, interoffice, as the finest batch of work from the dynamic duo to date, and this Volcano was chosen "pick o' the litter" with equal enthusiasm. This is a 6.31" long x 2.52" tall canvas of killer, four-alarm flame grain. Arguably of greater importance, at least to aficionados of the classic form, every element - from every possible vantage - shows a superb balance of execution and interplay, grounded by an advanced understanding of the shape and clear intent. Quick example: look at the silhouette in pic #s 1 & 2, and then the beautiful, ongoing metamorphosis seen in #s 5,6 & 7. That simply doesn't happen by chasing grain. Nor, for that matter, does the ever-so-subtle incorporation of plateau within the rocker heel/shank. Highly recommended.
R. 'Bear' Graves