Organic: Bringing Nature to Your Pipe
We profiled some of up-and-comer Thomas Bazant’s work previously. Read more about him HERE. But the other day a picture of this Deer Stalker showed up on my Facebook page. Allow me to take you through my progression of thought on this very unique piece, clearly opening my intellect to the fact that first impressions are not always as lasting as one might think.
First thought: What have you done?!
I am the kinda guy that really likes a rusticated pipe. Because of this, I tend to attract other rusticated pipes into my collection, and I love to study and admire now or non-traditional rustication techniques. Guys like Bruce Weaver really push the envelope of cutting edge techniques, leaving traditional far behind. I saw this, and I first thought, it was just too much. Why would anyone think to do such a harsh, deep and wide rustication?
Second Thought: AHH! I Get it!
I’m clicking through the series of pics that Thomas shared on his Facebook page, and image after image I was not seeing the vision. Then, as I re-read the name of the pipe, and kept seeing the antler in the picture shot, after shot, it finally came to me. The rustication, that deep texturing is mimicking the texture of the deer antler!
Organic is a term that gets thrust around a lot these days. The first thought that comes to mind when we hear it typically has to do with vegetables.But in a more intellectual circle ‘organic’ means something more related to the origin, something from nature itself, or an application of something not typically associated with nature, that through deviation from the norm (or “traditional”) is brought back to or conjoined with something natural. I see that in this Deer Stalker Nr.1.
This is described by Thomas as the first of a series, a prototype if you will. For the first one off the block, I think he nailed the texturing right on the money. The texture looks just like the ribbed texture on the deer antler. Once I tied these features together, my opinion of the pipe went from something that I liked, but would take some time really getting used to, into a fabulous piece of organic artwork that took skill and vision to produce.
Mr. Bazant, you have done it again. I’m not usually this easily impressed.
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