Sabina Santos: Smooth Bent Apple with Mammoth

Product Number: 002-817-0032

The stylistic range throughout Sabina Santos' portfolio is incredible, as the Portuguese carver is able to deliver organically inspired designs, highly creative artisan renditions of the classic Calabash, and beautiful renditions of traditional forms. This bent Apple interpretation is certainly on the more classic side for Sabina and readily showcases her skill with shape chart standards. The bowl is voluptuous in its shaping, its broad flanks subtly tapering up toward the rim. A pair of ridgelines emerge from the sides of the shank and merge into one line along the heel before wrapping around the bowl's fore and blending with the rim's outer line. The crisp, precise lines add some texture to an otherwise smooth piece and smartly contrast the bowl's affable roundness. The grain orientation conforms perfectly with the bowl's shaping as streaks of vertical grain flow up the flanks and made even more impressive by the warm, rich contrast stain.

Behind the curvaceous bowl, the stout, abbreviated shank curls lithely upward before the mouthpiece concludes in a soft, gentle downturn to balance the bowl's forward-urging momentum. Particularly enticing is the accent Sabina chose for this piece, as her appreciation for exotic materials is no secret and her ability to incorporate them on her designs is truly impressive. A ferrule of stabilized mammoth adorns the shank face, offering unique patterns that warrant admiration while also showcasing Santos' love of vibrant colors. This is a stellar piece from Sabina that exemplifies her creative and exciting approach to pipe making.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.78 in./121.41 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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