Hiroyuki Tokutomi: Sandblasted Bent Dublin (One Snail)
Gloriously elongated and stunning in its symmetry, this sandblasted Snail Grade bent dublin hearkens back to forms that Tokutomi-san first perfected, during his year of studying under Sixten Ivarsson back in the early 70's. We angle our pipes in the photography process, in order to afford you with the most comprehensive views of the product that you are considering. While I wouldn't permanently change this modus operandi
for all of the tobacco at McClelland (ok, maybe for ALL the tobacco at McClelland, I would, but you get the idea), I wish we had included a shot from the direct side profile perspective. The plane of the wonderfully long shank runs very close to horizontal, prior to a seamless transition with the bowl. The subtle reverse curl on the back of the latter, and the proud manner of rise takes the mind to the form of a Viking long boat, knifing through the whitecaps of the Northern Atlantic on an adventure to parts unknown. The sandblast is executed in the manner of decades old Danish tradition, leaving this Dragon boat wrapped in the finest imaginable and intricate brocade. This is, in my opinion, an astounding piece that is offered at an outstanding value.