Tom Eltang: Smooth Bent Apple Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-299-1333

Tom Eltang is one of the most easily recognizable names in all of pipe making. Collectors and artisans alike praise his work and often hold other pipes to the Eltang standard, which, while maybe unfair, is expected when considering the Danish carver's decades-spanning career and the seismic impact he's had on the craft as a whole. Numerous carvers from around the world have traveled to Eltang's workshop to study under him and discuss pipe making. Eltang himself began as an apprentice to Anne Julie, and in her shop, and in every workshop he found himself in, Eltang honed his skills and studied every aspect of pipe design, from the engineering, to the finishing, to the shaping itself. He's undoubtedly one of the masters of pipe making, and even at his mature age, he still produces some truly breathtaking pieces.

This bent Apple is quintessentially Eltang, from its handsome finish and clean profile to its supple curves and understated lines. A subtly lifted heel hoists the neat, almost spherical bowl at the fore of the composition, its plump, rounded form rising high and canting dramatically forward. Out back, the shank-and-stem arrangement snakes away from the low-set, slightly cheeked transition and strikes a comfortable smoking posture, while at the same time lending a touch of sinuosity to the pipe's profile. The bowl's wide, expansive walls provide plenty of surface area for wrapping-fingers to embrace, and the slender build of the shank and stem help keep the overall shape lightweight and graceful. A glossy, ruby-hued smooth finish dresses the stummel and highlights a stunning array of grain: constellations of birdseye on either flank of the bowl and tight stacks of cross grain on the fore and aft. A refined, masterful bit of craftsmanship, this piece will certainly become a favorite among any collector's rotation.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.49 in./139.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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