"Tsuishu" [swee-shu"). Not a common word for most people and, when most people first hear it pronounced, their usual gut reaction is to either say "Bless you!" or "Thanks, stilettos are hell on my arches, but damned if they don't make my calves look great!". Tsuishu is a material that is painfully labor intensive to create. So much so that has all but become a lost art. Lacquer is bonded strip by tiny strip and eventually sawed in cross sections. Satou-san is one of the very few carvers to use this rare material as adornment, but would you find it totally unexpected from a master who eschews carnuba wax in favor of an exotic resin, in order to ensure that your new pipe will continue to look polished for a lifetime?
This Satou bent Dublin features tsuishu, as well as a shape which speaks of a fascinating Nihon/futurist fusion. While we have seen this form from Satou-san before, our encounters with it could probably be counted on one hand, and still have at least three fingers to spare. While the grain on the front of the bowl is vertical and tight, in keeping with the composition’s sense of implied velocity, the grain near the rear of the bowl and entirety of the shank appears to be almost windswept. Satou never ceases to amaze.
--R. 'Bear' Graves