Rolando Negoita: Partially Sandblasted 'Conducta' Rhodesian
Product Number: 002-298-0211
When I heard that we got in more Rolando Negoita Conductas (Conducti?), I made the descent down into receiving to bring them upstairs in two leaps, landing to landing, like I used to in the military (note to self: almost four decades and 60 lbs can affect results considerably; schedule with orthopedic surgeon on Monday). I have loved Rolando's work from the moment I saw it at the CPCC in the early 2000s, and was smitten with his Conducta upon introduction. To my way of thinking, a Calabash has so many positive benefits going for it, that any well made one is worth consideration. Moreover, unlike other (admittedly fine) approaches, Rolando's expertise in product design lends itself to incorporating Calabash engineering in such a manner that your Conducta looks like a handsome Negoita, not something which screams "reverse Calabash".
Bypassing his aesthetic signature of anchoring the organic/natural with the highly architectural/industrial, Rolando hits the afterburners, and creates a Rhodesian that's an unapologetic homage to implied speed. A cylindrical shank acts as the fuselage for the striking, reverse conical cockpit of the bowl, and the elongated bit makes for a perfect contrail. From the wickedly tight, concentric ring grain that starts at the heel (picture #4), to the great birdseye of the smooth rim, all the way the amazingly comfortable bit, Rolando continues to bat 1.000. The fact that it's a reverse-bash is just the icing on the cake.
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.81 in./147.57 mm.
- Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 2.33 in./59.18 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Rhodesian
- Finish: Partial Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States