Rolando Negoita: Partially Sandblasted Rhodesian "Conducta"
Product Number: 002-298-0202
I'll admit to having often been ambivalent regarding reverse-Calabash designs, though not from an engineering/smoking qualities perspective, mind you - I've heard many promising things about those aspects from those who have tried them. It's simply a matter of the required, drastic changes in proportions pipemakers are faced with in creating them. All that having been said, I think Rolando Negoita handles the theme better than most, and that he done so especially well here. Yes, the shank is quite a big volume, but a nice bit of taper, a defined transition, and broad, sturdy, yet also very crisp Rhodesian all work together to create a balanced, tight-knit composition. The finish works to this end as well, with the jet-black rustication of the bowl lending its end of things a sense of greater density and mass, while the broad, smooth shank's black-and-walnut contrast stain lightens its end, both in terms of shade and hue, and in the way displaying the flame grain of the flanks adds a more dynamic and active element.
- Eric N. Squires
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.34 in./135.64 mm.
- Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Rhodesian
- Finish: Partial Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States