Though appearing like a hybrid of bent Dublin and Cherrywood, this Rinaldo isn't designed as a sitter. Rather, it appears the cylindrical lower bowl is being used more as a hard, bold counterpoint to the smooth, muscular flow of everything that leads into it - i.e. stem, shank, and transition. Oddly enough, and despite the substantial, forward-set bowl, it does actually prove to possess a readily manageable balance for hanging from the jaw. All-in-all, this is a very gestural number, colorful of line and not much for meekly following along with expectations, and so perfectly appropriate for accenting with a bit of bright sterling silver and a vibrant citrus/amber-colored stem.
- Eric N. Squires