Lasse Skovgaard: Sandblasted Bent Apple

Product Number: 002-327-0737

Son of renowned Danish carver Benni Jørgensen, Lasse Skovgaard began crafting pipes at the age of 16. At age 18, Lasse began working for the venerated W.Ø. Larsen workshop in Copenhagen, working alongside, and studying under, the great Teddy Knudsen. He honed his skills, learning the intricacies of the craft and what makes a pipe not only beautiful, but functional as well. A year later, the young Danish artisan was making the workshop's prestigious Straight Grain pipes, and by 2004, at the age of 20, he started to sell his pipes under his own name. He has become one of Denmark's premiere carvers, his work marked by the soft features, elegant line work, and handsome finishes of the Danish tradition, but elevated by his own distinctive, organic style.

The bent Apple is a design Skovgaard returns to with some frequency, lending itself well to the Danish carver's penchant for supple, graceful curves. This particular rendition of the shape features a plump, softly rounded bowl with a subtly scooped rim and a gently lifted heel, providing it with a gestural poise in profile. Coming out of the low-slung transition at the base of the bowl, the flaring shank broadens gradually to a wide, disk-like face, accentuating the junction, before giving way to a tapered stem of jet-black vulcanite. A clean, consistent undercurve can be traced from the fore of the bowl, across the heel, and up through the shank, emphasizing the well-balanced proportions and fluid shaping that define the piece. The stummel wears a dark, handsome sandblast that provides unique tactile intrigue and draws out some whispers of growth rings across the bowl, with the shank face left smooth and stained a coppery color for a touch of contrast.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.87 in./149.10 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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