Tom Eltang: Smooth Oval Shank Billiard with Horn (Snail)

Product Number: 002-299-0949

Since abandoning his planetary grading system a number of years ago, Tom Eltang has relied solely on his prestigious Snail grade to designate pieces that deserve exceptional recognition. Most of the time, Tom's Snail grades are of the more non-standard variety, and when the stamp does grace a classic shape, it's often been a bent pipe based on the ones we've received in the past. Such a precedent makes this straight Billiard all the more special of a Snail grade from the Danish artisan, showcasing Tom's exquisite skill at fashioning Danish classics. As far as shape chart standards go, this example is quite the dynamic iteration full of fast lines and energetic momentum.

It all begins at one of Tom's trim and comfortable buttons, the stem gradually flaring through the shank and into the transition, while the shank's pinched, oval cross section keeps the profile sleek and streamlined. That energy explodes, then, into the forward canted bowl — slightly tapered in classic Danish fashion and lifted of heel to urge the eyes into the negative space it leaves behind, the bowl is streaked with vibrant strands of flame grain, all highlighted by one of Eltang's stunning contrast stains, laced with a warm, red apple hue. For fans of Tom's work, especially within his classic milieu, this is as perfect as can be, and as if it couldn't get any more beautiful, it's accented with a ferrule of horn at the stem base.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.26 in./133.60 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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