Smooth Volcano

Product Number: 002-142-0347

To declare that this Volcano is something of departure from what I have come to know as the Satou shaping aesthetic would be an egregious understatement. Over the past few months, the legendary carver has been focusing a good deal of attention on his Volcanoes; a shape which, while certainly part of his regular repertoire, previously represented a fairly small part of his work. Initially, that focus resulted an accelerated oscillation between his more formal and more modernist (for Satou) interpretations, with the last one I had the honor of describing representing a huge leap towards the latter. Compared to the Volcano now on my desk (and presently on your monitor), in hindsight, that aforementioned leap forward now seems closer to a toddler-step.

Whether through the use of subtly flattened profiles, fore-canted bowls or minimization of curvature, Satou-san has created some intriguing speeders in the past, but, universally, they were all based on a subtle tweaking of a form which was readily identifiable as – well, Satou. If this study in implied motion were to be held out of my reach (a quick open, followed by a peak at the amazing tenon and beautifully polished mortise would be a dead giveaway), I don’t think there’s a chance that I would have correctly identified the carver. The shape is, admittedly, highly intriguing, and this briar feels crazy-good in the paw. It might take me a bit to get used to it, but I’m pretty sure that I will.

-- R. ‘Bear’ Graves



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Measurements & Other Details

 Length: 5.96 in./151.38 mm. Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
 Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm. Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
 Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm. Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
 Stem Material: Vulcanite Filter: None
 Shape: Volcano Finish: Smooth
 Material: Briar Country: Japan

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