New!  Danish Estates: Kent Rasmussen Smooth Volcano with Mazur Birch (Two Star)

Product Number: 004-001-6173

I held this Kent Rasmussen Volcano for over thirty minutes, fiddling with it at different vantage points, taking in the shape and grain, knowing full well that I had a deadline to meet, but for the life of me just couldn't put it down to get started. It was as if I was in some sort of trance-like state. Could you blame me?

I think it's a testament to Rasmussen's standards as a pipe maker that this piece, with all of its immaculate grain, was placed in the second tier of on the grade scale (ranging from 1-3 stars; the Butterfly stamping being his absolute highest). Beautifully unconventional, the grain on the bowl and shank are so close together they begin to overlap into layers, creating a texture that I would describe as bristly animal fur - the kind you might find on a wild fox. On the pipe's underbelly is a treasure trove of birdseye, appearing like the entrance of an ancient cave that is covered in an impenetrable veil of spider webs.

Shape-wise, it's a fairly neoclassical Danish rendition of a Volcano. The first place the eye falls is on the bowl, which bears most of the visual weight. Beginning at the rim, we see a perfect, little halo of birdseye, which quickly expands out, then softly sweeps at the base into an effortless gesture. It is a form which perfectly encapsulates the grain, almost seemingly bending to it - the stain is warm and classic, given a highlight of yellow in the Mazur Birch stem accent.

Now, to be completely honest, I am not usually a fan of the Volcano, and I know a lot of other pipe lovers who aren't either; it's a tough shape to execute, but in this pipe, however, I have seen the light.

-Seth Ellison-

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Measurements & Other Details

Kent {in script}

Condition: 4.5/5 Soft spots slightly gouged in the bottom of the chamber.
  • Length: 5.50 in./139.70 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark