Sabina Santos: Sandblasted Lovat with Mammoth Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-817-0070

Sabina Santos hand-carves refined shapes that both celebrate schools of design from all over the world and display her own unique style. Most often the celebrated school is the Danish one, and her respect for traditional Danish design can be traced back to her beginnings when she embarked on a pilgrimage to Denmark. There she was instructed by many of the great Danish artisans and, on her second trip, spent more than a week working under the keen eye of Hans "Former" Nielsen, solidifying her shaping style and giving her insight into the drilling and internal engineering of her work. This Lovat certainly showcases this Danish influence, with balanced proportions and soft shaping elements that immediately call to mind the Danish style.

The stem here is a trim saddle fashioned from jet-black vulcanite and is paired to a band of mammoth at the base that, in striking fashion, displays pale white tones amidst streaks of black and rich blues. Coming in at just over five inches long, this piece is remarkably light, lending itself well to both clenching and travel carry while maintaining a timeless, charming character. The combination of shank and stem are iconic to the profile, with the form's archetypal extended round shank and trim saddle stem represented well here. At the transition we see a lovely cheeking, serving to accentuate the curves of the bowl, with said bowl rising out of a handsomely curvaceous, low-set waistline and tapering to the inward-sloping rim, its contours doing well to provide an excellent feel in hand. The underside of the piece allows for stable sitting despite a slight rounding to its form, and from here we can see a bit of a lift to the flanks of the bowl, pushing the aforementioned waist upward a bit. Dressing the briar here is a crisp, inky sandblast, creating a wealth of engaging texture around the bowl and lending the design a classy, yet rugged aesthetic that richly contrasts the hues of the stem's accent.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.27 in./133.86 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.30 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lovat
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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