Kurt Balleby: Smooth Tomato Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-294-0097

Kurt Balleby began his pipe-making career in 1983, learning from Kai Nielsen, and six years later, Balleby invested in his own carving tools and organized a workshop in his home in Kolding, Denmark. Since then, Kurt has cultivated a reputation as a brilliant artisan, developing a style that often caters to classic forms and crafting pipes imbued with stunning artistry and engineering, each studded with his 14K gold, triangular stem logo. This Tomato is an exquisite representation of Balleby's skills, reflecting the supple curves and elegant lines often found in Danish pipe design.

It's a relatively short pipe, measuring just under five inches in length, and there's plenty to appreciate and admire about this piece. The wide, lens-shaped shank sweeps downward into the bowl, creating prominent cheeking at the transition and further accentuating the bowl's plumpness. The shank's underside continues into the bowl's heel, contribute to the bowl's lifted look, seemingly sitting perched on the end of the shank and urging forward from out of the transition. While this piece is certainly delightful to cradle in hand with its inviting curves, the grain orientation is also stellar and warrants attention. Tight streaks of vertical grain envelope the bowl's bulbous flanks while a mesmerizing array of birdseye dominates the underside, wonderfully illuminated by the vibrant contrast stain. It's a beautiful piece from Balleby and one that will monopolize the attention of anyone lucky enough to add it to their collection.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.92 in./124.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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