Tom Eltang: Smooth Billiard with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-299-1049

While many artisan pipe makers have experimented with bamboo throughout recent years, implementing wildly eccentric knuckles, Tom Eltang maintains a simple, classic style in his bamboo-adorned pieces in an aesthetic à la Sixten Ivarsson — the man who pioneered modern artisan pipe making and changed the approach to bamboo's use in pipes, considering it a compositional design element rather than a mere shank extension. Tom follows a similar stylistic perspective in this Billiard.

Though the section of bamboo is conservative and traditionally utilized, Eltang has used it quite intentionally, having selected a ferrule with evenly spaced knuckles and spacing the base of the stem in such away that it emulates a third knuckle in profile, cohering the entire composition. On the end, then, is poised a classic Danish Billiard bowl — the heel soft and supple with the flanks rounded and tapered toward the gentle rim. The crimson-tinged contrast stain is a signature of Tom's and contrasts vividly against the stark hues of the bamboo, the pale material also serving to make this an impressively lightweight piece.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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