Here it is: Rolando Negoita's classic Walnut. Well, there are a couple of great little twists, like the silver band and the plateau rim, but I don't think that Rolando has ever made a pipe without a little something extra along those lines. The rustication is deep, craggy and organically irregular. It looks, as one might expect, like the shell of a walnut. And the tactile experience is as pleasant as the visual one-- it just feels wonderful.
The elegant, lithe lines of the shank and stem contrast with the bulbous organicism of the bowl, but the composition holds together-- neither component looks out of place. There's a reason that this shape/finish combination is so highly sought after from Rolando. It's just beautiful.
-- Sykes Wilford