Sabina Santos: Sandblasted Tadpole with Black and White Ebony Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-817-0007

This impressive example of craftsmanship, dubbed the "Tadpole" (for obvious reasons), is a creation of Portuguese carver Sabina Santos. Originally, it's a design of fellow Portuguese artisan Joao Reis, under whom Santos studied. Here, she offers her own rendition of her mentor's eye-catching shape. Marked by a "tail" that coils around the shank from out of the bowl's heel, it's no small feat in terms of meticulous craftsmanship, requiring expert skill to carve the briar in such a slender, sinuous form. The bowl itself resembles that of an Egg, offering a plump form to fill the hand and a kiss of plateau at the rim for a subtle accent. In this piece, Sabina has fashioned the shank from black and white ebony, an exotic wood that boasts contrasting striations of charcoal and cream. It's a stunning testament to Sabina's carving ability and makes for a piece that's both visually impressive as well as quite comfortable.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.16 in./156.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.89 oz./53.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.44 in./61.98 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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