Peter Heding: Smooth Tomato with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-362-0282

Formerly a research biologist, Peter Heding, Ph.D., became fascinated by pipe making in 2003, inspired by Anne Julie and Tom Eltang to make functional art. He worked alongside Eltang in Denmark as he learned the craft, and now produces his own fine pipes in the Danish tradition, with this forward-urging Tomato an excellent example of the organicism found in his portfolio.

My initial impression is that this pipe is longer than it measures, and I came to realize it evokes a feeling of Lars and Nanna Ivarsson's iconic shaping style, with a quite supple bowl, lifted heel, and a shank that bends down before flaring upward to a ring of boxwood. The shaping turns the briar's superb cross grain into a work of art, with incredibly tight striations racing back and forth between the dense whorls of birdseye adorning both flanks. Heding pipes always seem made just for my hand, and this is no exception, offering many different ways to comfortably index a variety of smoking positions. A glossy smooth finish and chestnut stain immortalize the grain, offering a classic, timeless appeal, while one of Peter's hand cut vulcanite stems curls down just the right amount for an inviting smoke.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.43 in./137.92 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.17 in./29.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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