The maker of this fine piece, Jorgen Larsen, has been making pipes longer than I, and maybe you, have been alive. Jorgen has done so not just as a successful artisan with his own line, Jorgen L., or as the sole carver of the Peter Stokkebye line, but also as a technical director for both Stanwell and Kriswell. So, this guy has a resume that rivals Leonardo da Vinci, but do his pipes hold up? Just take a look for yourself. It's obvious that this pipe was made by highly skilled, very methodical hands. In fact, we're lucky to have this piece, because any pipe that doesn't suit his standards winds up in his fireplace - and the number of pipes that do make the cut is pretty modest (about 100 pieces annually). So really getting your hands on a Jorgen Larson like this and in this wonderful a condition, is finding a real prize.
Even more important than its rarity, it's just a beautifully desirable shape - voluptuous, yet masculine, and for all its organic curvature, not at all shying away from the modern or dynamic. Yes, Jorgen's scrupulous standards are in full view here, with grain that could not be better if the briar were grown on Mt. Olympus and watered with nectar.