Danish Estates: Jess Chonowitsch Smooth Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-33235

Jess Chonowitsch is a living legend in the world of pipes and was one of Sixten Ivarsson's four direct pupils, learning his craft alongside renowned carvers Jørn Micke, Bo Nordh, and, of course, Sixten's son Lars. Jess began working on pipes in the 1960s in Poul Rasmussen's workshop, later working at the famed W.Ø. Larsen pipe factory and at Sixten's workshop, the man who pioneered artisan pipe making with his "shape first, drill second" approach. Fast forward several decades, and Jess has mastered the craft and built a devoted worldwide following, both of pipe smokers who collect his work and younger pipe makers who seek to learn from it.

This Billiard by Jess Chonowitsch features a traditionally Danish bowl: the supple walls and limber heel exude softness, while the subtly inflated rim offers a quintessentially neoclassic flourish. However, the shank-and-stem arrangement revises the classic form, as it possesses a broad, ovoid form. Nonetheless, the profile is still exquisitely graceful, the gentle taper of the shank and the sleekness of the stem showing why the Billiard shape is so timeless. Additionally, the stummel is dressed in a vivid auburn stain, which highlights striking straight grain and undulating growth rings on the bowl, whereas the underside abounds with tightly-packed whorls of birdseye.

--Zach Podl
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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening

STAMPING:
CHONOWITSCH (arched)
JESS
DENMARK (arched)
  • Length: 6.05 in./153.67 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 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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