Danish Estates: Kent Rasmussen Smooth Elephant's Foot with Masur Birch (Two Stars) (2009) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-001-6612

Within a classical consideration of the form, an Elephant's foot has panels on each side containing front to back cross grain, with large panels on the front and back displaying birdseye. Yes, this unsmoked Kent largely conforms to this archetype, but it does so in a fascinatingly unorthodox manner. The rim of the bowl bends around the left side of the pipe, such that those sides are encompassed by one large surface which (then) wraps around the bottom of the pipe, to create a little tail. The opposite side is defined by its own slender panel and the front and back are distinct panels unto themselves.

Personally, I love that Kent engages in this sort of surface ambiguity from time to time. Some pipe makers will let the center panel be one plane, or separate all four, but Kent lets this rim seem to drift off, melting down the left side of the pipe, creating a gentle sense of movement as the pipe drifts off to the left. Opposing that motion is the stalwart bulge on the front of the bowl, surging forward and upwards, seemingly dragging behind it the shank and stem. While not awarded a Butterfly - while the grain is excellent, it’s not quite “there” - in many ways this pipe is a true Kent masterpiece. The shape is deserving of very high recognition within his aesthetic pantheon, and, unquestionably, a brilliant pipe.

R. ‘Bear’ Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

{2 star stamps}

5/5 Unsmoked.
  • Length: 5.75 in./146.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.12 in./53.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark