Lasse Skovgaard: Smooth Bent Apple with Horn

Product Number: 002-327-0681

Like many Danish artisans before him, Lasse Skovgaard began his pipe making career working at W.Ø. Larsen. He started when he was 18, initially crafting horn tampers but quickly transitioned into carving the workshop's prestigious straight-grain pieces. Receiving further instruction from his father, Benni Jorgensen, and Teddy Knudsen, Skovgaard rapidly developed his skills as an artisan pipe maker and now offers stunning creations under his own name. One such piece is presented here in the form of a sinuously bent, plump-bowled Apple.

The ridgelines along the shank's underside help inform much of the shaping of this piece, sweeping down toward the bowl to emphasize its forward-urging momentum and imbue it with a dynamic gestural stance. The ridgeline along the left side continues into the bowl's heel, wrapping around the fore until it eventually merges with the rim. Such shaping accentuates the bowl's chubbiness, creating prominent cheeking at the lower flanks around the transition and produces a fluting channel along the bowl's fore that adds some textural intrigue to the otherwise smooth finish. Even with all the intricate shaping and precise line work, the grain orientation around the bowl is stellar, elevated by one of the Danish artisan's vivid contrast stain. Skovgaard's prior experience with horn in the W.Ø. Larsen workshop has clearly served him well on this piece. A dark horn ferrule adorns the shank-end, a classic Danish touch, its slight flare at the end mirrored by the disc-shaped base of the stem. It's a stunning piece of craftsmanship from Lasse, with a number of fascinating elements that warrant appreciation.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.84 in./148.34 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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