Sabina Santos: Sandblasted Long Shanked Bulldog

Product Number: 002-817-0026

Earlier this year, Sabina Santos spent a significant amount of time in Denmark. While Sabina has already proven herself an amazing artisan carver, having traveled to Denmark multiple times to learn from Danish greats, this particular trip was special: The Portuguese carver most notably spent a full week with Hans "Former" Nielsen. Sabina improved upon her already impressive technical skill, particularly in the realm of engineering and finishing, as Former is widely renowned for his sandblasts and the smoking qualities of his pipes. This Bulldog rendition from Santos boasts the fruits of this Denmark trip, the shape itself an homage to Former's Bulldog renditions and wearing a deftly executed sandblast.

The shape here is reminiscent of Former: the elongated diamond shank, abbreviated saddle stem, and the slender bowl dramatic in its forward cant. Santos riffs off the design though, adding her own subtle interpretations. Whereas Former would soften the panels of the shank as they transition into the bowl, Sabina has done the opposite — extending them into the heel for a sturdier, more architectural aesthetic and firm, protruding heel. Aligning with this structured approach, the beadlines here are neatly rectangular, rather than the V-cut indentation seen in Former's. Furthermore, the Portuguese carver has extended the ridgelines of the diamond shank into the mouthpiece, seamlessly marrying the stem and stummel. It's an aesthetic inspired by Kei-ichi Gotoh, but Sabina specifically wanted to incorporate it into a classic shape, contrasting Gotoh's more organic Freehands. Dressed in a low-profile, Danish-style sandblast, the grain here is beautifully highlighted without disrupting the silhouette's lines, and it's the first tanblasted finish we've seen from Santos, which will darken handsomely as this piece is smoked.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.40 in./137.16 mm.
  • Weight: 1.34 oz./38.10 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.12 in./53.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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