Michail Kyriazanos: Smooth Prince
This makes the third Prince we've received from Greek artisan carver Michail Kyriazanos, yet each one has been distinctively different: one was dark and sandblasted, and the other featured a gleaming spigot mount of sterling silver. Differences aside, they both wowed us from the start with their plump bulbous bowls, delicate transitions, and trim designs. This new addition is no different; elegant and refined, it adheres closely to the classic shaping tradition all while displaying some rather unique features of its own. For one, though many Princes are quite lengthy, here the entire form is much more compact measuring only slightly over five inches from bowl to bit. Michail's choice of finish (or lack there of) also plays a part — lending a stark contrast between the natural virgin hues of the stummel and the swirling dark tones of its cumberland stem. The result is a subdued aesthetic full of "hidden" gems like intricate whorls of birdseye along the underside and tight straight and flame grain around the bowl. I have to say, if he keeps making such charming compositions, we might just start calling him Michail "The Prince" Kyriazanos.
- Andrew Wike