Sabina Santos: Natural Sandblasted Lovat with Mammoth Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-817-0075

Portuguese artisan Sabina Santos is one of few pipe makers in her country, and her work displays an impressively refined, thoroughly Danish sense of line that bolsters the impact of her ceaselessly impressive shaping style and finishing techniques. This Lovat is an excellent example of her Danish influence, and it's a shape she's produced a number of times in the past, always with a remarkable consistency of silhouette and an elegant proportionality that naturally draws the eye. A wide transition pairs the bowl and shank, with the shank itself showcasing the profile's iconic extended reach as it stretches out to meet a sleek, slender saddle stem. This stem is made from vibrant, salmon-hued vulcanite that richly contrasts the stummel's finish, and its palette is further enhanced by a broad band of pale mammoth at the base, its off-white tones dappled with blotches of ruby-pink coloration. The transition is wide and cheeked, offering plenty of room to drape a digit while cultivating a fine-lined softness, especially near the lower flanks of the bowl: where the supple, low-set waist stands out for its plump roundness. From this waist, the walls of the bowl take on a gently arcing taper to the rim, affording the silhouette of this pipe a Brandy-like charm that's often seen in Danish-style takes on the various Billiard iterations, its easy curves naturally drawing the eye forward while keeping the proportions balanced. Dressed in a crisp tanblast, this pipe is finished without stain, leaving the wood pale, light, and alluring while revealing a rippling array of growth rings cascading down the bowl: the light coloration of the briar standing out against the stem and its lively accent.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.28 in./134.11 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lovat
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Portugal
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