Peter Heding: Smooth Volcano Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-362-0281

Doctor Peter Heding, yes, that's right, doctor, due to his PhD in molecular biology, began his pipe-making career in 2003, when, while working at a research institute dedicated to novel treatments of type-1 diabetes, he saw an interview with renowned artisan Anne Julie. In this interview he was able to see a number of her pipes and was enamored with their artful forms and finishes. Until this point, Heding was already feeling the intense urge to pursue a kind of handicraft work, and it was only then when he knew exactly what kind of work he would do. His first few pipes were made mainly on the floor of his kitchen, carved with knives and hand tools, and the first handmade pipe that he subsequently bought was from none other than legendary artisan Tom Eltang. Shortly thereafter, Tom invited Heding to his workshop and began to mentor him, doing so for two years and introducing his work at the Chicago Pipe Show in both 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Heding resigned from his research position and dedicated himself to a full-time pipe-making career. Peter's approach to carving revolves around a single goal: to make the best pipes possible. Dedicating much time and effort to design, therefore, is necessary and, luckily, is also one of Heding's favorite things, and it shows in the profile of this Volcano.

This pipe is possibly one of the most Volcano-like Volcanoes that I have ever seen, as there is something about the way that the bowl slowly grows out of its base that reminds me of the lava-spewing mountains for which the shape was named. With the sweeping ridgeline wrapping around the base iconic to the shape, this rendition utilizes said feature to push forward a section of briar at the fore of the base, allowing for the curvature of the bowl to be balanced with the transition. This ridgeline additionally meets itself at the flaring shank end, wrapping around it and working in concert with the sweeping underside to give the shank face a lenticular shape. The shank's slight upward arc pushes the demurely curved stem up just a tad and poises it for more comfortable smoking, all while making the silhouette of the pipe more elegant. The transition is wide and parabolic, perfect for draping a thumb, and grows into the bowl swiftly, acting in concert once more with the outcropping of briar at the fore to create the perfect pair of features for wrapping the forefinger and thumb around the bowl. As we ascend and reach the rim, we find a nice, steady slope into the chamber, allowing for easier loading of tobacco and, with the shank, acting to preview some very nice birdseye. I say preview because the true wealth of the swirling grain is present on the underside, a veritable ocean of defined whorls and pinpricks waltzing under a warm mahogany contrast stain. This is not to denigrate the grain encircling the bowl and framing the shank, no, as this, too, is quite stunning, with tight striations of straight and flame grain ascending from the flowing ridgeline to the rim in a wonderful display of Heding's attention to detail and dedication to excellence.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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