Curiosities : ‘Flute’
Pencil shanks present a wonderful challenge and opportunity. Just how to marry the shape and proportions of the bowl to the slender shank?
Here is one possibility – the flute shape possesses an elegance all its own, the thinness of the rim echoing the shank. The dropped bowl not only lends a little weight to the composition but also counters the problem of the chamber wall being too thin at the bottom.
And it looks cheeky too, no? Almost like looking physics straight in eye and saying, “You talk a good game, son, but let’s see what you’ve got…”