Not every pipe that ends up on my desk is easy to write about. Sometimes I feel like I have to beat my head against my desk for an angle on a pipe description to fall out. But then some are easy. Sometimes a pipe will end up in my hands and the words will just come out. I suppose it's only fair to say that a lot of this has to do with how much I like the piece.
And I like this piece. This was my favorite new Tokutomi pipe that we acquired this year during the Chicago show, in no small part because of the work's challenging geometry, interesting use of planes and panels, and in particular because of its size; it's somewhat larger than what I'd expect from Tokutomi, but proportionally the thing is dead on the spot. This pipe is an object of quiet sophistication, beauty marked on its right-side with a twin set of plateau dollops, finished in a warm, medium-walnut stain, and paired with a marbled cumberland stem.
-- Ted Swearingen