The Pipe Maker
My name is Sabina Santos and I'm a pipemaker based in Arruda dos Vinhos, Portugal.
I'm married and a mother of a boy.
I have a Communication Degree but I used to work in Finantial area.
Working with numbers gave me useful skills as concentration, accuracy and focus on details.
But I always missed an activity in which I could express my criativity.
My old job was a bit stressful and I usually dedicated my free time to small projects of wood craft. Working with hands always gave me a peaceful and fulfillment feeling.
When my husband, a long time pipe smoker, began to explore the pipe makers universe, I started to find it very interesting and I fell in love with the idea of carving a pipe.
In 2013, I had the opportunity to carve my first pipe.
I just loved the experience and it was the beginning of my journey as pipe maker.
During three years I was a self-taught pipe maker, learning with each pipe, with attempts and errors.
But it was not enough for me and I felt the urge to learn more.
To achieve that I spent 8 weeks in Denmark in a journey to improve my skills in pipe carving, learning with some of the greatest danish pipe Masters.
The pipe maker Joao Reis gave me another view from the smoking pipe design and engineering.
With the Master Hans "Former" Nielsen, I spent an entire week studing the importance of details and the Classic aesthetics.
During my stay in Denmark, I also got precious advices from the pipe makers Kai Nielsen, Tom Eltang, Kurt Balleby and Tao.
In the last 3 years I have attend International Pipe Shows is Chicago (USA), Chengde (China) and Tokyo (Japan).
More than a useful object, for me a pipe is a piece of art!
It's a statement of style, both from the carver and the smoker.
The design of my pipes have a strong Danish influence.
I get inspiration in the great Scandinavian Pipe Masters, such as the Ivarsson Family, Former, Bo Nordh, Paul Ilsted and Jess Chonowitsch.
I like the classic shapes but with a modern twist.
Despite I pursue an aesthetic approach, when I'm carving a pipe, my main focus is always in a rigorous engineering and drilling execution in order to ensure a superior smoking experience.
I seek for beautiful high grade pipes, never forgetting that they are intended to be smoked.
To carve my pipes I just use the world's finest materials.
I work exclusively with Briar from the italian Mimmo Romeu.
All my pipes are featured with hand cut mounthpieces, made out german ebonite.
I use other natural materials for extensions and accents, such as Bamboo, Horn, Exotic Woods and Stabilized Mammoth.
I use a 100% organic coat in the tobacco chambers of my pipes.
My pipes are stamped with "Sabina" and some of them got in addition the stamp "G".
"G" stamp is reserved for the greatest pipes and is a tribute to my son Gil.
I sell my pipes worldwide and till now Sabina Pipes are already present in 34 countries.
In this website you can check the Available Pipes or contact me to place an order for a custom pipe.
You can also check my Dealers online shops.
My work can also be seen in my Facebook page and Instagram.