Finally. Nine years of having the pleasure of describing Lasse's pipes, and this is this first unstained presentation I have seen - sandblasted or otherwise. I pray that this is but the first of many, because (Lord Almighty!) this bent Brandy rocks out with it's socks out (ok, cleaned that up a tad).
Being unstained, just a quick coat of wax, Lasse lays it all out there with this nude nonpareil - no place for the less-than-perfect to hide - but, at the same time, this becomes the finest imaginable canvas for an extraordinary blast and grain. Lasse delivers the latter in spades. The manner in which Skovgaard elected to execute the shank and mount was daring, but, to my mind, the outcome was well worth taking the chance - the choice added a fine sense of return and completion. In the case of this particular bent Brandy, a compression along the horizontal axis, something which (at times) I personally find makes a shape a bit less hand friendly, actually creates a marvelous sense of balance in the paw. Highly recommended.
R. 'Bear' Graves