Tom Eltang: Smooth Elephant's Foot with Horn

Product Number: 002-299-1052

Originally designed by legendary Swedish carver Bo Nordh, the Elephant's Foot is an immediately recognizable shape that's also notoriously difficult to create, as many elements have to line up perfectly. The initial struggle begins with selecting a briar block suitable for such a demanding shape, as the grain has to be practically flawless for the desired result to be achieved since grain orientation is paramount to execute the form well. Thankfully, Tom Eltang possesses an almost supernatural ability to read a block of briar and know what shape it's best suited for. And he has certainly selected a perfect piece for this design.

The Elephant's Foot is characterized by a tapered bowl, with slightly bulging aft and fore sections, while the center is wrapped by a crisp facet. The grain conforms perfectly to the design's essential elements as the flanking panels feature parallel cross grain, while the curved fore and aft portions of the bowl frame a wealth of birdseye. Tom has also incorporated some subtle asymmetry on this rendition as the right flank is positioned higher than the left, which slopes sharply downward toward the base. This piece also maintains Eltang's use of horn as a shank extension, shaping it so that is curves upward to meet the gracefully down-turned stem. The end of the horn ferrule flares softly outward, its mortise lined with a brass inset ring for a mount-style tenon configuration while the stem's expansion disc echoes the horn's flare.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.56 in./141.22 mm.
  • Weight: 1.52 oz./43.09 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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