Some Ikebana shapes are straight-up classic English, others are textbook Danish executions. And then there are those that are just unmistakably the products of Japan's own school of pipemaking, which, although heavily influenced by Danish artisans such as the Ivarssons, has evolved to adapt Japan's native artistic and cultural tendencies towards organic design to the Danish traditions of clean, seamlessly smooth shaping. While the asymmetry of this briar is far more subtle than what we usually find in Japanese-school freehands, the fundamental theme of shape itself is thoroughly, and beautifully organic just on the form it produces alone. As you might expect, this proves quite a full and curvy one in hand, very pleasing whether palmed or gripped, and on top of that it serves wonderfully as a sitter as well.
- Eric N. Squires