Danish Estates: Poul Ilsted Sandblasted Billiard with Horn (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-34801

The late Poul Ilsted was often called the "Master of Facets," a title that reflected the Danish carver's ability to marry crisp lines and structural angles to supple curves and soft contours. He was an immensely talented artisan that built a considerable reputation over the course of his storied career. He started his career by carving pipes for Erik Nording, before forming the Svendborg factory with Jens "Tao" Nielsen, and eventually transitioning into a solo pipe-making career. In addition to being a gifted artisan, Ilsted also taught and apprenticed a number of carvers, including Joao Reis, Manduela, and Alexander Tupitsyn.

Though Ilsted was known for crafting pipes full of angles, this Billiard showcases the more conservative end of the Dane's shaping style. A thoroughly tradition rendition of the shape-chart standard, this piece sees a tall, upright bowl posed at the fore of a sleek, arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement. In typical Danish fashion, the bowl tapers from its wide, plump heel to its tauter rim, and as it does, it produces a low-set waistline that conforms naturally to wrapping-fingers. At less than five inches in total length, this piece is perfect for on-the-go smoking, its reduced size making it comfortable both in hand and clenched between the teeth. A crisp sandblast dresses the stummel and highlights an impeccable construction of grain, while an accent of horn adorns the stem base and provides a touch of vibrancy to the overall form.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 4.50 in./114.30 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.40 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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