While the Volcano is not a complete stranger to the Rasmussen repertoire, they represent far less than ten percent of his work that we have been privileged to place on our site. While no Kent Volcano born (and I suspect yet to be born) would be mistaken for ‘your Grandfather’s Volcano’, indeed, his ‘canos are some of the most sublimely graceful in the industry, this ‘tremendous two-star’ is the most sleek and low-slung iteration that I have encountered from Rasmussen to date.
The rim is a perfect, inner sloping circle, with a gentle rise to the sides and a slight emphasis to the right (from the smoker’s perspective). Normally, I tend to expect a rim’s primary communication to be with the heel, but here the arroyo form of the crown draws my eye to the gentle ridge on the top of the shank, whose subtlety, in turn, emphasizes the more profound slope at the fore of the bowl. The straight grain ranges from a bengal stripe to angel hair, and the manner in which it flows with the shape approaches the uncanny.
R. 'Bear' Graves