Tom Eltang: Smooth Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-299-0947

One of the most alluring aspects of artisan pipemaking and collecting is how carvers are able to take classic shapes and impart on them unique subtlety that lends each piece a sense of creative individuality and defined personality. Sometimes these flourishes come from a specific block of briar's particular grain pattern; other times they're seemingly born out of thin air from the mind of the artisan. In this bent Dublin, Tom Eltang has characterized the form by a subtle feature that still maintains his minimalist approach to design while also creating a highly personal, individualistic pipe.

The profile hews toward the classic Danish take on the classic Dublin shape — the Danes most commonly balancing the composition via a domed rim and shank face that each flare respectively from out of the transition. Tom has done that here, while also tapering the bowl into a pointed heel. It's this heel, then, that truly defines this piece and gives it a unique air: The point is positioned slightly off-center to the left of the bowl's underside, and from the point trails a ridgeline along the bottom left of the shank. It's reminiscent of the oft-seen teardrop shank design, and yet Tom has slightly curved the line, separating this specific form from others like it. The stummel's windswept flame grain emanates from out of this ridgeline across both flanks — the hard line acting as an intrinsic, necessary element of the composition, rather than a mere accenting touch. It's beautifully subtle work from Eltang, keeping the form traditionally simple, yet one-of-a-kind in its own right.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.83 in./148.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.89 oz./53.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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