Sabina Santos: Smooth Lovat with Mammoth Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-817-0035

One of the few artisans from Portugal, Sabina Santos, before quitting her finance job, wished to find a way to express her creativity, and after becoming inspired by her husband's pipe smoking, she took to the craft of pipe making as a way of doing just that. For three years, she practiced and refined her skills, traveling to Denmark to study under masterful artisans like Tom Eltang, Kai Nielsen, Tao, Kurt Balleby, and Hans "Former" Nielsen. Those years dedicated to learning the craft have certainly paid off, as her work has become well regarded and highly sought after. Her style tends to hew close to the Danish school of pipe making, often showcasing a penchant for organic forms and clean lines, but her raw talent and particular vision come through clearly above all else, as evidenced by this Lovat.

A sleek, minimalist design, this Lovat features a rounder bowl than often seen with the shape, the bowl looking akin to the bulb of a flower. In typical Danish style, the plump heel tapers towards the taunter rim, with the cheeking at the transition further accentuating the heel's curvaceous appearance. The trim, low-slung shank-and-stem arrangement trails out back and keeps the overall design sleek and streamlined, with no visual noise to distract from the elegant shaping, poised bowl, and handsome finishing work. A trim band of warm mammoth at the stem base adds a touch of visual flair that's exaggerated in profile by the jet-black of the surrounding vulcanite mouthpiece. The stummel showcases the briar's natural color palette, devoid of stain and only having been waxed and polished to highlight the stellar, tight-knit bands of flame grain on all sides of the bowl. Refined, lightweight, and immediately striking, this piece is sure to be a standout in any collector's rotation.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lovat
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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