Danish Estates: Tom Eltang Smooth Blowfish with Horn (Snail) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-33083

A man obsessed with fine pipes since the age of six, Tom Eltang has become one of the most respected artisan carvers in the world, his nearly five-decade-long career and commitment to both functional and aesthetic perfection earning him a stellar reputation in the pipe world. His breadth of experience includes apprenticing under Anne-Julie at only 16 years old, repairing pipes for Pipe-Dan, and working as a traveling carver for Stanwell, all the while carving pipes of his own. His work comprises a variety of shapes, all in his Danish Functionalist-inspired style, with this Blowfish serving as an excellent example of his unique approach to design.

The Blowfish is a shape that's been evolving ever since its inception, but the basic requirements for the shape have remained fairly consistent: The bowl is separated into two asymmetrical portions through the use of one or more ridgelines. Asymmetry is a key component of the shape's success, as this shape was made to display the full potential of a block of briar in cross grain orientation, with both flanks of the bowl meant to display birdseye. Eltang has maintained the primary elements of this shape while making his own alterations. The bowl features the aforementioned central panel, and the shaping conforms perfectly to the briar's grain, boasting broad flanks of dense birdseye. Said flanks are quite plump, while the central ridge offers firmer structure, wrapping around the bowl, as well as the shank, which boasts a semi-paneled construction that balances flared curves and flat planes perfectly. Out back, a hand-cut vulcanite saddle stem offers a comfortable smoking posture, fitted to a lengthy ferrule of genuine horn. An elusive Snail-grade piece, the briar is predictably excellent, with dense, tight grain across the bowl's panels and curves, all dressed handsomely in a rich stain of dark walnut.

-Gabriel Bass
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  • Length: 6.50 in./165.10 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.76 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.32 in./58.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark