Benni Jorgensen: Smooth Freehand with Oak

Product Number: 002-331-0354

A Danish pipe maker with an easily recognizable style, Benni Jørgensen often favors bent pipes of considerably gestural lines and fluid postures. He's been fashioning pipes for 40 years, honing his skills as an artisan for the W.Ø. Larsen workshop before carving handmade pieces under his own name, and he's perfected his aesthetic and engineering over those decades. His pipes also tend to ride the line between classic and Freehand: Those representing traditional shapes often accented with Freehand flourishes, and his Freehands being on the more reserved end (compared to those of other makers) and still rooted in classic designs.

This Freehand acts as a example of that balance, the general shaping of the bowl hearkening to a traditional Apple but with Benni taking creative license in its exact form. Most notable, the base of the bowl is wrapped by a ridgeline that extends at the fore into a downward-curling lip. It's a stylistic cue we've seen before from Jørgensen, and on this piece it lends the bowl a certain floral disposition — the bowl reminiscent of a flower bulb, with the ridgeline emulating the look of a leaf cupping the bulb. That ridgeline continues through the shank's flanks, harmonizing the composition and transitioning into the shank-end's oak accent, whose texture offers the pattern of sandblasted morta. Beautifully artful and decorated in a stunning, grain-defining contrast stain, this piece wonderfully balances traditional and Freehand shaping cues, reserved enough for those drawn to classic designs yet still distinct enough to delight those interested in more creatively individual pipes.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.76 in./146.30 mm.
  • Weight: 3.30 oz./93.55 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.10 in./53.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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