Neerup Basic Pipes
Peder Jeppesen is the carver of Neerup pipes, which is the name of one of his grandmothers. He began making pipes with Karl Erik and, later, Erik Nording. Nording was the one to really teach Peder many of the steps involved in stem decoration and mass production. After he purchased extensive pipe making equipment, Peder was able to set up his own shop.
Working alongside his son Christian, Peder's first step is to carve a pipe and have a machine copy the shape. After this is done, he slightly alters the shape to make each piece unique. Many of his pipes have some sort of decorative mount (usually briar, acrylic, or silver) and each is fit with an acrylic mouthpiece. This time-saving way of pipe making is what allows Peder to carve around 2,500 pipes each year. His contrast staining on smooth pipes is simply marvelous, and he also often makes sandblasts, rusticates, or a combination of finishes.