Tom Eltang: Sandblasted Pencil Shank Billiard with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-299-1242

There's really no overstating Tom Eltang's prolific mastery over briar, and this is no surprise, given that he's been carving pipes for decades. His storied past includes training for years with Anne Julie, working as a traveling carver for Stanwell, and even finding himself employed as a pipe repairman for Pipe-Dan, and these are just a few examples of the many hats he has worn in his life.

As an artisan, Eltang draws inspiration from many sources, though none so influential as the Danish Functionalist school, highlighted in the deceptively simple design of this straight Billiard: a pipe that is fashioned to smoke excellently and stripped of excess adornments. Not only that, but this piece has also been stripped of excess briar, resulting in a pert, petite bowl with an incredibly trim shank which is married to three knuckles of bamboo via a thin slender fitment of black vulcanite, something mirrored at the other end of the pale grass. Overall, however, the effect of this shaving of material is a shockingly light weight, with the pipe coming in at just a whisper over a half ounce, or right at 17 grams. Despite this piece being straight, such a feathery presence ensures that it will be perfect for clenching, easily balanced the same way the bowl balances on the end of its extended rear.

This featherweight design has become something of a signature for Eltang, as we have received a number of these demurely elegant smokers over the years, and each of them have been just as gracile as the last, displaying Tom's incredible eye for minute details and organic design, something I feel this piece exemplifies extremely well. The bud of a bowl is dressed in a warm auburn sandblast, revealing some handsome grain beneath it, complementing the pallor of the bamboo quite well and cultivating a refined pastoral aesthetic that is sure to make this piece a favored companion in any situation.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.72 in./145.29 mm.
  • Weight: 0.60 oz./17.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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