Luiz Lavos: Smooth Cobra

Product Number: 002-881-0001

Luiz Lavos carves pipes in his home just outside of Lisbon, Portugal, though he hails from São Paulo, Brazil, originally. A graphic designer by trade, Luiz is an innately artistic mind, always seeking a means of expression for his creative impulses. He found that outlet in pipe making after previous experience as a luthier and woodworker, before being arrested by the beautiful blend of aesthetic beauty and practical utility inherent to pipes. Stylistically, Luiz caters to the Danish design tradition, citing Hans "Former" Nielsen, Tom Eltang, and Jess Chonowitsch as significant influences throughout his career. Many of his designs are shape-chart standards, and he appreciates reserved yet stately forms, with this Cobra among one of his more Freehand renditions — though still maintaining an elegant simplicity that prioritizes line, form, and grain over ostentation accoutrements. The composition highlights crisp ridgelines along the flanks, separating the fore and aft sides of the bowl, and those ridges continue through the bottom of the shank creating a slightly flattened underside that bulges more upon curling into the bowl's fore. Such shaping maximizes this briar's stunning grain, with cross grain seeming to emanate from those ridgelines and orientating seas of birdseye along the front and back. A light stain keeps the color palette naturalesque, and the slight cant of the saddle stem's base adds just the slightest hint of asymmetry, juxtaposed against the shank face.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.92 in./124.97 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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