Danish Estates: Sixten Ivarsson Smooth Volcano (1994) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-17853

From the archives of history comes this Volcano, crafted by the hands of Sixten Ivarsson himself, defined by many as the most important pipe maker of all time. Here's a quote from a blog post by Sykes Wilford about Sixten's importance:

"Sixten Ivarsson did more to create modern artisan, high grade pipes than any other man. Almost every high end artisanal pipe maker in Denmark, Sweden, Japan, the United States, and Russia can trace his aesthetics and engineering roots to Sixten's pioneering developments in the 1950s and 1960s. Many, if not most, were taught to make pipes by someone who was taught by Sixten. Most of the central tools in a high grade pipe maker's workshop today are the same tools as those Sixten used to make pipes in 1950. Using the sanding disk as the primary shaping tool, shaping first and drilling second, and employing bamboo rhizomes for bamboo shanks were all Sixten innovations, to name just three. But perhaps more importantly, Sixten saw pipes the way that Arne Jacobsen saw household goods or furniture: form should follow function, but these things could all, fundamentally, be utilitarian art."

Made in 1994, this Volcano possesses a softer, more rounded form than is generally found, its rim gently rounded and its profile distinguished by a smooth flow of lines. And although it projects an organic charm, there's a good bit of structure involved in this complex piece as well, particularly around the underside of the shank and the heel, where a crisp ridgeline runs from the end of the shank and around the heel, leaving a convex underside filled with birdseye. The shank is almost squared, though well rounded on its upper side, making for a particularly near dynamism to contrast the bowl and shank.

The Volcano is a shape that conforms well to briar's natural fan-like grain structure, and Sixten took firm control of that inherent characteristic for a wonderful display of vertical grain around the bowl and along the sides of the shank. This composition is just under five inches in length, providing a convenient size for just about any smoking situation. It's a living, utilitarian piece of pipe making history, and in excellent condition as well.

- Chuck Stanion
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AN LVERSSON (arched)
1994 (arched)
(Sun stamp)
PRODUCT (arched)
  • Length: 4.78 in./121.41 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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