The reverse-Calabash theme, defined by a design featuring a cooling and condensation-collecting chamber in the shank, has exploded in popularity over the past year or so. The downside to this approach is that it necessitates an exceptionally broad shank, something that can often be difficult to integrate into a design that "works" aesthetically. Rolando Negoita is one of those pipemakers whose proven particularly adept at meeting this challenge, as we can see here, where he's played this unusual shaping element into a stout, yet very lively smooth Dublin design. This briar may be quite short, and almost as broad of shank as it is at the rim, yet in profile it seems positively bursting with playful energy.
- Eric N. Squires