Yeti: Smooth Freehand Sitter with Bakelite (328)

Product Number: 002-660-0060

Micah Cryder's work seems to fall into two distinct categories: low, sweeping pieces often imbued with a significant degree of implied momentum, and dynamic, poised sitter shapes. This piece is obviously one of the latter (I mean, it's in the name), and as we've made note of before, it's not exactly an easy one to achieve. For starters, this sort of generously-canted, steeply-rising piece requires a serious degree of precision for it to balance firmly on such a small foot. And Micah does this while also maintaining an easy, ergonomic feel in hand, imparting these numbers with the best of both worlds.

Going even further, the American carver has lent this one an acute softness, both of line and gesture, juxtaposing it with a sinuous panel at the right flank. This juxtaposition also serves to highlight a tight lane of cross-grain, balanced diagonally at the opposing side, with birdseye pretty much filling out the negative space around the bowl. By way of a very tightly-pinched transition, the eye travels to the muscular, upward-thrust stretch of shank and stem, where an accent of neat vintage bakelite can be found. Very cool stuff, even for a carver as talented as Micah.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.49 in./114.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.26 in./57.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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