Kurt Balleby: Sandblasted Bent Brandy with Boxwood Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-294-0117

Kurt Balleby is one of Denmark's premier artisans, a status that he achieved through decades of hard work and dedication. Balleby spent six years studying under Kai Nielsen, honing his skills and learning as much as he could about every aspect of pipe making. Once satisfied with his knowledge, Balleby opened his own workshop and set about crafting pipes that were up to his exacting standards. Each Balleby pipe passes through 150 individual steps before he deems it worthy, and those strict standards ensure a level of quality that few can measure against.

This bent Brandy is immediately recognizable as the work of Balleby. As with many of his other designs, this piece features a shank that curves through the transition and merges with the underside of the heel. The shank effectively cradles the bowl, and to emphasis this shaping cue, Balleby has shaped hard ridgelines along shank's lower flanks. These ridgelines draw attention to the composition's sweeping undercurve and add a touch of structure to the otherwise fluid form. A dark sandblast dresses the stummel and draws out waves of rippling growth rings that radiate from the heel to the rim. A boxwood accent adorns the shank end and provides a touch of warmth to the pipe's otherwise shadowy complexion.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.01 in./127.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.63 oz./46.27 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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