Suhr: Partially Rusticated Rhodesian

Product Number: 002-821-0019

The grandson of Poul Rasmussen and Anne Julie, Johannes Rasmussen of Suhr pipes carries on a familial pipemaking tradition. The Suhr name itself hints at this tradition, hearkening back to a pipe repair shop and manufacturer in Copenhagen that employed Johannes' grandfather, Poul. Fitting in with this legacy, the younger Rasmussen now carves exceptional artisan pipes, his portfolio studded with impressive Danish-style pieces.

This Rhodesian takes the design cues often employed in Danish pipemaking and adds a whimsical combination of shaping and finishing as Johannes incorporates creativity and personal style with his Danish roots. The bowl itself remains quite traditional, marked by a rounded base and equatorial beadlines above which the bowl tapers toward the rim. The proportions, though, are where Rasmussen has included a dose of striking playfulness. Compared to the bulbous, rounded bowl, the shank and stem are quite trim and slender, lent the slightest degree of curve to soften the profile. As the shank tapers toward the transition, it draws visual focus to the forward-canted bowl, lending it a poised, organic posture. At the opposite end, then, Johannes has deftly flared the stem base to continue the implied lines of the shank, incorporating the stem into the overall composition. Such playful shaping grounded in traditional style attract me personally to this particular piece from Suhr, and the dual finish makes it even more of a standout — the shank and lower bowl dressed in a dark, crimson-tinged rustication, while the bowl above the beadlines shines in a smooth, auburn contrast stain.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.75 in./120.65 mm.
  • Weight: 0.83 oz./23.59 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Partial Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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