Lomma: Smooth Tomato

Product Number: 002-596-0104

Trying to follow and pinpoint the patterns of shaping tendencies within carvers' bread-and-butter shape renditions can often be nearly as daunting as trying to anticipate the lines of a fingerprint; there's just no telling what route will be taken next. In the case of Lars Jonsson of Lomma pipes, the shape in question is this type of Tomato: low, broad, cheeky, and with an ever-so-slightly forward-canted chamber. While I wouldn't really consider it his most iconic design, it's certainly one with which he's well acquainted, and these attributes are, for the most part, shared by all of them.

That being said, it's after the eyes leave the bowl that things become less predictable. Past the transition, we've seen a varied array of forms, be they arrow-straight, sinuously curved, fairly traditional, or, seen here, delightfully modernist and somewhat industrial of line. The arched, upward-flicking shank evokes the look of a tunnel-bridge, rapidly speeding wherever the eyes choose to follow it. The lines of the shank are continued in the stem base, allowing the saddle bit to seemingly take flight delicately from the center. Aesthetics aside, the feel in hand is splendid, like a ripe plum between thumb and index finger. It's a sitter too, balancing well at the transition. Needless to say, this piece from the Swedish carver is simply stellar.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.30 in./134.62 mm.
  • Weight: 2.59 oz./73.48 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Sweden
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