Rolando Negoita: Sandblasted bent Apple Conducta

Product Number: 002-298-0216

"Thinking outside of the box" has long become such an annoying a catch phrase that, on the rare occasion when I hear its continued use, I want to reply "Avoid cliches like the plague" to the user. When it comes to pipe shaping, I can imagine American master Rolando Negoita looking up from his work bench "Box? There's a box?!" No pipe maker in the world was shaping like Rolando in the early 2000s, and that still holds true until this day.

While that cool, deftly executed, curling shank transition is something we have seen before, it only appeared on our site a total of 5 times, all within a period between 2005-2007, and then only on smooth compositions. As fascinating as I found this element on smooth iterations, the manner in which it plays out on this sandblasted adds, at least to my mind, a sense that I am gazing upon an ancient Monument Valley outcropping, a product born of erosion - created by the relentless buffeting of desert wind. The bowl is a tactile delight, with the previously mentioned curl affording an equally fine resting point for the ring finger of either hand. I can't imagine pipester finding themselves indifferent to either the grain or the beauty found within an unstained briar. Yes, this is (indeed) also a reverse-Calabash. Gotta love Rolando.

R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.87 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.29 in./58.17 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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