The Lion is Lasse's highest mark, and as you would expect, that constitutes not only a shape he's particularly proud of in and of itself, but also one that made the best of the medium's natural beauty (i.e. the briar's grain). So what do we find here? As we've come to expect from Lasse's Lions, simply gorgeous flame and birdseye, boldly and clearly are defined by an equally beautiful bengal contrast finish. As a tasteful counterpoint to the spectacle of the briar, for the accent he has chosen the much quieter olivewood. It's perfectly fitted and polished, and as I couldn't help but notice, oriented so that its own smoke-rivulet grained matched up to the briar's flame where the edges meet.
- Eric N. Squires