Danish Estates: Peter Heeschen Smooth Blowfish with Mastodon Ivory (A)

Product Number: 004-001-5871

With a Blowfish, it's all about shape, grain, and attitude. The first two are pretty self explanatory, and the third relates back to the first. To me, the very soul of a great Blowfish is in its pugnacious attitude. That attitude is entirely conveyed with the shape of the pipe. Some carvers create the sense of a fish about to strike by curving the shank and then having the body snap back into the line of the bit. Some suggest the curve by widely varying the size of the panels, placing an obvious preponderance of briar on one side. Peter Heeschen gives this fish its fight by a beautiful manipulation of the center panel. If one removed this pipe's center panel and shank ridge, it's easy to observe that the shank approaches the bowl on a true line, and that the bowl itself is rather symmetrical. By changing the path and size of the central beveling, Peter creates the illusion of the curve, the suggestion of preponderance, imbues this fish with fighting spirit. Along with this imaginative shaping, this pipe features excellent birdseye on the side panels and a razor tight cross cut grain on the center panel, top and bottom of the shank.

--R. 'Bear' Graves
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hand.carved {arched}
Maker's Mark
in denmark {arched}

Condition: 4.25/5 Significant charring on the rim.
  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark