This downright voluptuous Ikebana F Grade bent Acorn presents a both a heavier emphasis on the bowl, as well as a subtle compression on the horizontal axis. In its totality, while I have never seen its likes in an Ikebana before, I can't say that I'm not enjoying it immensely. Different from the Ikebana shaping norm doesn't mean Danish (and it would be disingenuous for me to build a case for it being so, due to. umm. I dunno - a Pear like bowl?). There is something both attractive and compelling about the prominent upswing of the bowl and the more muted flare of the shank, and that saddle-style stem is more than a smart choice, I would think of it as mandatory; a tapered stem of similar figure would deprive the shape of a considerable amount of grace and dexterity.
--R. 'Bear' Graves
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