Danish Estates: Karl Erik Smooth Tulip Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-35954

A plump, supple take on the Tulip shape, this piece from Karl Erik boasts plenty of substance about its bowl. A rounded, sweeping heel supports said bowl as it grows curvaceous, Egg-like walls that taper as they rise to the rim, the fore wall cinching in near the rim and flaring out subtly as it reaches a crown of plateau. A wide transition out back gives way to a curling, flaring shank that terminates in a domed face, where a stylized saddle stem of vibrant yellow acrylic meets the briar. Dressed in a warm stain and smooth finish, the stummel showcases handsome grain throughout, the stem's rich contrast sure to draw the eye.

Karl Erik pipes started production around 1965, a few years after founded Karl Erik Ottendahl returned to Denmark from Kenya, where he had worked as a Lithographer after completing an apprenticeship. Unable to find work after his return, Ottendahl began selling pipes, drawing on his experience carving his own pipes in Kenya to craft pieces that would soon push his name into prominence. His production expanded in the late 60s and grew into a sizeable workshop, where he produced high-quality Danish Freehand pieces alongside a number of employees until 1990, when he began to carve pipes by himself again. Ottendahl remained a prolific and celebrated carver into the 21st century, but he passed away suddenly in 2004, his work remaining as a testament to his passion and commitment.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Top Of Chamber Scraped Dings Around The Bowl Minor Tooth Marks

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 2.08 oz./58.97 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.27 in./57.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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