At first I was a bit confused by the "nickel and
silver" description of this Conducta reverse-Calabash's accent - to my eye it was all just one big piece of silver. Only after checking the paperwork that came with the pipe to make sure that's what Rolando actually listed it as, and upon a much closer inspection, was I able to distinguish the slight difference in color between the central, textured band and the bands its braced between. As some of you may already know, Rolando does his own jewelry-work as well as making pipes, and his skill in the former has resulted in the two different metals here being joined in an almost indistinguishable manner. Being a Conducta design, I presume he faced the silver in nickel in order to reduce maintenance, as the nickle facing won't oxidize when exposed to moisture from swabbing out the smoke-cooling chamber. It's a subtle, but thoughtful element of design.
- Eric N. Squires