Danish Estates: Tom Eltang Smooth Freehand with Bamboo (Snail) (2005) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-32982

Tom Eltang's "Snail" grade is reserved for shapes that the Danish carver believes are of exceptional quality. This Freehand is one such creation, and it doesn't take more than a cursory glance to see why Eltang found it worthy of his highest honor. Essentially a Cavalier, though one rendered through Eltang's particular style, this Freehand features a tall, tubular bowl that flares from its narrow base to its broad, floral-like rim, which sweeps forward into a wave of briar. The base of the bowl is pierced at an angle by a shank comprised mostly of bamboo and topped by one of Eltang's hand-cut vulcanite mouthpieces. The base of the bamboo shank features a "foot" that can be removed to drain excess moisture from the airway. A smoky, chestnut-hued smooth finish dresses the stummel and highlights tight stacks of cross grain as they radiate up the flanks of the bowl. The bamboo's warm color offers a pleasing contrast to the finish's reserved hues, and the saddle stem's gentle downturn all but guarantees a comfortable smoking posture.

--Davin Hylton
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Small Ding On The Rim Minor Rim Charring Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Scratches Around The Bowl Minor Tooth Marks

(Snail stamp)
  • Length: 6.77 in./171.96 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.07 in./77.98 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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