Lasse Skovgaard: Smooth Mushroom (Lion)

Product Number: 002-327-0641

Bearing a striking resemblance to a previous Mushroom we've received from Lasse Skovgaard, this example is a magnificent take on the highly organic form. Notably pioneered by master artisan Jess Chonowitsch, the Mushroom design has continuously been reinterpreted by Danish, American, and German pipemakers. Lasse's contribution here highlights his immense talent as a carver, reflecting his experience working for W.Ø. Larsen and the knowledge he gained from taking lesson from his father Benni Jorgensen as well as Teddy Knudsen. Much like the shape's namesake, the overhanging rim covers the bowl like an umbrella and is notably longer than it is wide. Yet, it remains broad and inflated, offering plenty of surface area to display a captivating array of birdseye.

The rim's curvaceous disposition is echoed in the curling nature of the transition and sweeping line that begins at the shank face, continuing along the base before meeting the rim's fore. The transition is wide enough to provide enough room for the thumb to rest comfortably and utilizes negative space to accentuate the powerful presence of the rim and the dramatically flaring shank. Said shank is exceptionally intriguing as the shank face is completely covered in rugged plateau, furthering the piece's inherent organicism. It also highlights Lasse's ability to include subtle, artistic touches on such a complex design. The mortise is chamfered, matching the innermost portion of the rim and are understated, yet remarkably difficult to pull off this well. I also don't think Skovgaard could have picked a more perfect block of briar for this shape since the tight streaks of vertical grain that surround the bowl are a real visual treat. Considering its unique shaping and exquisite grain, this piece certainly deserved its Lion stamp, the carver's highest grade.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.65 in./168.91 mm.
  • Weight: 3.70 oz./104.89 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.88 in./73.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.24 in./56.90 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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