Peter Heding: Smooth Nut Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-362-0292

Doctor Peter Heding holds a PhD in molecular biology and began his pipe-making career in 2003, when, while working at a research institute, he saw an interview with renowned artisan Anne Julie. 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 left his research position and dedicated himself to a full-time pipe-making career.

The Nut is a signature shape of Sixten Ivarsson that we've seen a few times before from Heding, all in a variety of styles, from those similar to the Acorn to those reminiscent of the Volcano, with this example being in the latter camp. Much like the Volcano, this iteration of the shape features a wrapping ridge around the base and a sloping, angled bowl. Unlike the other, however, this Nut showcases a much more severe forward slant through its walls, urging onward with a good deal of momentum that stylistically raises the shank high in concert, as if this pipe were speeding and came to a sudden stop. This makes for a profile that's incredibly active and extremely dynamic. With the bowl held perfectly level, we see where this piece and the Volcano diverge further, as the base of this pipe lifts at the fore, much like a shield, and the pipe is lent a good deal of upward momentum. No matter which way this pipe is held or experienced, it's sure to provide plenty of intrigue through shaping alone, and this extends through the shank, with a flare through to its end marked by a firm ridge before the briar slopes into the face. A trim, demurely curved stem tops the composition off, not adding to much visual weight to the hearty shank and ensuring that the components here are balanced. A vibrant auburn stain commends some lovely flame grain all around the bowl and flanks of the shank, while the underside is peppered with ample clusters of birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.15 in./130.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.73 oz./48.99 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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