Tom Eltang: Partially Sandblasted Eskimo Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-299-1329
A living legend in the world of pipe making, Tom Eltang has spent decades plying his craft, and over the course of his storied career, he's influenced countless carvers. Taking note from the Danish Functionalist movement, Eltang tends to craft pipes with an emphasis on practicality and engineering. That's not to say his pipes aren't stylish — they most certainly are — but Eltang prefers to utilize ostentatious aesthetics as a complementary component, not as the main focus. His impeccable style and deft shaping skills are especially notable when considering his signature shapes, such as this Eskimo.
Originally inspired by Sixten Ivarsson's Ukulele shape, Eltang's Eskimo features an immediately recognizable profile, in part due to the form's flat shank, which accentuates the bowl's rotund form and comparatively tall height. This particular rendition features a broad, Saucer-like bowl that's perched at the fore of the composition and instantly brings to mind a Rhodesian bowl, what with its single wrapping beadline and sharply tapered rim. The shank, wide and flat, tapers gradually as it glides from the low-set transition to the slender saddle stem. The shank's understated presence within the composition keeps the form sleek and streamlined and leads the eye toward the bowl, while keeping the overall form lightweight in hand. Most of the stummel wears a crisp, dark sandblast, providing plenty of tactile intrigue for the fingers to explore, while the rim is smoothly polished and dressed in a striking contrast stain that highlights a wealth of birdseye.--Davin Hylton
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
- Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Partial Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark