Benni Jorgensen: Smooth Bent Egg with Oak (Swan) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-331-0355
Benni Jørgensen's Swan-grade pipes represent the Danish artisan's best pieces, combining superlative shaping with immaculate grain. They're the culmination of over 40 years of pipe-making experience, with Jørgensen first entering the craft as an artisan for the prestigious W.Ø. Larsen workshop. While there, he fashioned pipes in the brand's finest handmade series, honing and perfecting his skills before carving handmade pipes under his own name. Jørgensen's style often results in bent pipes marked by a distinctive sinuosity, and he's also known for utilizing oak as an accent material — both aspects of which are on vivid and striking display in this bent Egg rendition.
Most characteristic of this pipe is it's deeply bent posture: The shank's upward curl is continued and extended by a generous section of oak that curves back toward the bowl before the stem's recurve reorients the profile's S-curve. Such shaping makes for a convenient jaw-hanger that, while hearty and substantial in size, maintains a comfortable balance for hands-free clenching. Moreover, the flared end of the oak accent rest naturally against chin, securing the pipe and furthering its jaw-hanging practicality.
Compared to the overall piece, the bowl remains traditional and straightforward: a classic Egg shape with softly rounded sides and a pleasant in-hand plumpness. The chamfered rim adds accenting crispness against the flanks' genteel shaping, and those rotund curves are accentuated by the defined transition, with cheeking extending into the heel. Also, the bowl displays perfectly oriented vertical grain, following the bowl's upward taper and highlighted by a vivid contrast stain. Behind, the shank boasts considerably degree of muscularity, tapering immediately from the transition before leading into this pipe's defining oak accent.
The oak continues the shank's curling flare, and such visual mass rivals the bowl as the focal point, drawing equal attention to the pipe's grain as to its dramatic profile. To be clear, this accent is not morta — oak that has hardened and solidified in bogs for thousands of years — however, the grain pattern remains similar to that of morta, revealing unique curves and striations brought out by the accent's sandblasted finish. Said grain contrasts that of the briar, and yet it follows the trajectory of the accent, expanding to an organic flourish at the end for floral appeal. This is an eye-catching and beautifully embellished piece by Jørgensen, deftly combining stunning grain and artistic shaping.-Truett Smith
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.03 in./153.16 mm.
- Weight: 3.00 oz./85.05 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Egg
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark