The cooling-chamber shank is a new approach to providing the sort of cool, smooth smoke traditionally associated with the gourd Calabash, and Rolando Negoita is one artisan who has really embraced the curious tubular aesthetic of this novel design element. His playful approach is pretty obvious here, in this half-bent Billiard, which cuts a silhouette akin to Peterson's iconic "338" on steroids. As substantial as the shank may appear, however, it is mostly empty space inside, and a such this design actually quite light, and offers a perfect jaw-hanger balance.
Each of Rolando's "Conducta" cooling-chamber pipes comes with its own tamper, featuring a clothes-pin like notch on one end - quite useful for holding a piece of paper towel or patch-cloth when it comes time to clean the shank's expansive cooling chamber.
- Eric N. Squires