Danish Estates: Lars Ivarsson Smooth Mushroom with Boxwood (1206) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-17850

While assuredly talented, Colin Hanks, Julian Lennon, Rob Reiner and Jakob Dylan do not possess talent equal to their fathers, Tom Hanks, John Lennon, Carl Reiner and Bob Dylan. And while Lars Ivarsson may not have been the visionary that his father was (no one is), many would argue that his execution and style surpassed that of Sixten, refining characteristics that Sixten developed and pushing pipe making into bold new directions. It's a discussion best held over tumblers of whisky and smoldering pipes at a pipe show late at night, but this Mushroom by Lars would certainly be profound evidence for arguing in favor of Lars' skills.

Lars is well known for his execution of long-shanked compositions, and this example displays his skill with that element admirably. It tapers at a more shallow angle than do many shanks on Lars' pieces, but the angle is distinct and enticing as the shank expands toward the boxwood accent below the softly downturned stem. At the transition, the contours are of invigorating perfection, sweeping under the the heel and providing a foundation for the wonderful Mushroom bowl.

Stamped "1206," the number doesn't represent the year 1206. That would have made Lars 739 years old at the time of his death, which would make sense if you consider that it would take 700 years of practice before most of us could approach the making of such an exceptional pipe. But the year is part of it, as this is the 12th pipe made in 2006. And for 14 years it has remained unsmoked.

The ridgeline for the mushroom rim is crisp and defines the asymmetrical cap, made so by a slight angling forward, with wonderful flame grain climbing the flanks to the ridgeline, from which the rim domes upward and displays dark speckles of birdseye. Supremely comfortable in hand, the welcoming contours above the transition invite a thumb or forefinger to relax, and the rim offers excellent opportunity for the draping of a forefinger.

This smoking instrument represents not only briar artwork at its highest form, but a pool into which one might peer at the history of modern pipe making, with Sixten before Lars and Nanna after. Few are presented the opportunity to steward a historic piece of this heritage and caliber, and such opportunities seldom present themselves.

- Chuck Stanion
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CONDITION:
Unsmoked

STAMPING:
AN IVARSSON (arched)
PRODUCT (arched)
LI 1206
  • Length: 6.56 in./166.62 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark