SMIO Satou’s MAROON MOUNTAIN a superb example of the rare Japanese Red lacquer stain called “Tsuishu Urushi”. The stain gives the pipe a lustrous image yet allows the grain to pop out like no other. The back panel of this pipe illustrates this perfectly. This technique requires multiple layers and an unusual amount of drying time between each coating.
SMIO only produces a small number of pipes every year and his work is highly prized by collectors around the world.