Lasse Skovgaard: Sandblasted Tomato

Product Number: 002-327-0702

Lasse Skovgaard is a man who comes from a pipe making pedigree, being the son of renowned Danish artisan Benni Jørgensen, though he cannot ascribe all of his talent to the genes passed down by his father, as Skovgaard began his pipe making career at the age of 16, crafting tampers for W.Ø. Larsen. Of course just a few years later he was promoted to carving pipes, making their "Select" grade pieces before, just a year later, being promoted once more to craft the marque's straight grain pieces. Under the tutelage of his father, and with urging by Teddy Knudsen, Skovgaard began to make his own pipes and sold out his stock at both the 2004 and 2005 Chicago Pipe Show. This Tomato shows exactly why that is, and offers a clear example of the Danish artisan's commitment to merge function and elegance in each piece he crafts.

Incredibly squat and stout, this Tomato offers a good deal of substance in hand for such a compact pipe, as well as being incredibly light weight, less than 40 grams, or, under an ounce and a half, the demure bend to the stem being more than enough to allow comfortable clenching. The shank this stem is married to juts out at an angle and informs a languid undercurve from the stem base to the waistline, feeding a cheeked transition that slowly grows the aft wall of the squat bowl. The rim is divoted in the middle and the chamber is drilled slightly more forward than center, giving the profile a pleasing asymmetry while maintaining an excellent aerial symmetry. The waistline of the bowl is low-set, and the flare towards it emphasizes a plumpness that allows for a lovely in-hand feel and distinctive silhouette. Dressed in an auburn sandblast with a smooth band around the shank end, this pipe showcases beautiful growth rings which quaver around the circumference of the bowl from the lifted heel, its hues contrasted by the black stem.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.88 in./123.95 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.90 in./22.86 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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