Danish Estates: Tao Smooth Billiard with Silver

Product Number: 004-001-21073

Jens "Tao" Nielsen's pipes are a rare find on the estate market, making this Billiard a most welcome sight. The Danish carver's work is among the most sought after in the pipe-making world and deservedly so, with this Nosewarmer Billiard a delightful product of his talents. A one-time sailor, Nielsen honed his carving skills by working with Erik Nording and Poul Ilsted.

Shape-wise, this Billiard adheres to the artisan's muscular, compact shaping style, with the plump, gently rounded and tapered bowl paired to an abbreviated shank and stem. A little under four-and-a-half inches in total length, this piece boasts the supple curves and soft lines of the Danish classic style in a stocky, masculine form. A ruddy contrast stain highlights gorgeous, fiery licks of flame grain that reaches for the rim, while beautiful birdseye cloaks the rim and base. A bright silver band at the shank end lends a tasteful dash of flash and is topped by one of the carver's handsome cumberland stems for a pipe that's marked by outstanding shaping and a rich finish.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

  • Length: 4.45 in./113.03 mm.
  • Weight: 2.18 oz./61.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.67 in./17.02 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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