Rolando Negoita: Partially Sandblasted Leaf Horn

Product Number: 002-298-0229

When thinking about Rolando Negoita's overall body of work, the first forms to come to mind are likely his more tubular Conducta pipes, a series of reverse-Calabash designs which actually helped popularize the style in modern pipe making. That said, Negoita's aesthetic is wide-ranging and vast, drawing inspiration from both the natural world, art and antiquity, and modern industrial design alike. Here, for example, we find a piece heavily steeped in the organic — following the basic, fluid form of the Danish Horn, only transformed through a more sculptural lens. The fluting ridges along the transition and top of the shank, for example, do work to evoke the look of a falling leaf — an aesthetic underlined through Negoita's deft use of a dual finish, lending the tapered bowl a crisp, extra dark sandblast while keeping the underside and wavelets along the shank polished smooth. As complex as that sounds, the overall silhouette remains fluid and continuous. Those pronounced ridges don't distract from the form's sweeping profile; they add character and whimsy to what otherwise would be a fairly minimalist form. All in all, it's an excellent example of Negoita's more elegant style — quite a departure from his whimsically tubular Conductas, yet still firmly rooted in his signature aesthetic.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.26 in./159.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.12 in./28.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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