We've probably seen more of Kent's ultimate "Butterfly" grade creations than anyone else, and while they are always fantastic, over the years they've only grown, well, even more fantastic. Likewise, while not all are as intricate as this particular design, the occurrence of work that shows such beautifully complex combinations of line, form, and negative space has become more frequent. Given the rarefied quality of work that he's produced throughout the years, I wouldn't say it's so much a matter of learning to crawl before you can run (Kent received a good, solid appreciation of both the basics and the subtleties of pipemaking, courtesy of a meeting with Teddy Knudsen, before ever taking it beyond the hobby phase), as much as it's learning to glide before taking to diving and soaring - and soar is something this curling, sweeping sculpture-in-briar most certainly does. With his artful use of negative space and light-textured, jet-black finish as mise-en-scène, the perfectly-polished, gorgeously grained elements of this Kent Rasmussen are indeed well and properly staged to show off their elaborate, acrobatic performance.
- Eric N. Squires