Sabina Santos is a young and talented carver from Portugal. With a degree in Business Communication, Sabina began working after University in the world of banking. Like many people in today’s fast paced, technology driven society, Sabina found that life, stressful, and the birth of her son, Gil, gave her the opportunity to become a stay at home mother. Sabina’s husband is an active pipe enthusiast, and around the time Sabina quit her banking job, was playing around with carving pipes as a hobby. Sabina took a liking to this new hobby and it quickly became a passion for her as well as a way to work from home and care for their newborn son.
Sabina carved pipes for five years, the first three self taught, then she had the opportunity to study in Denmark, and seized it, picking up tips from some of the biggest names in pipe making: Joao Reis, Tom Eltang, Kai Nielsen, Tao, and Kurt Balleby. Always a good student, this experience skyrocketed her skill to an entirely new level. The influence of these carvers in apparent in her work, but Sabina also brings her own unique touch to classic and modern designs.
Sabina uses only high quality materials, and her unique style is readily apparent. She works mostly with premium briar and morta, but often dresses these designs up with a modern twist, be it a splash of color from a stem or accent, or a unique variation on the shape. Her favorite shape to make is the Rhodesian.
We can’t say enough good things about the quality of Sabina’s pipes. “I just want to achieve my maximum potential and carve excellent pipes,” says Sabina, “I’m truly passionate about my work and I do all to ensure a great final product.”