Tao: Smooth Bulldog with Silver Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-748-0030

Jens "Tao" Nielsen was a sailor first, then spent time in the military before turning to pipe making and an apprenticeship with Erik Nørding. Now, with over 50 years of experience in the industry, Tao has his own unique style, leaning heavily on his Danish design roots, but with an often stout, highly functional penchant. His pieces are in high demand worldwide due to his precise shaping and attention to detail, and this Nosewarmer straight Bulldog is an excellent example of his work.

A squat, compact shape with abbreviated flanks, this pipe yet makes brilliant use of the grain, bringing out tight, vertical flame grain on the flanks and an absolute wealth of packed birdseye on the domed rim, shank top, and entire underside. A lighter smooth finish lets the grain do all the talking on the stummel, while a tri-color accent at the shank end provides a clever visual break before the stem — furthered by the sterling silver accent along the bowl's fore, depicting a butterfly. The stem is a quick taper of hand-cut cumberland, a pleasing array of black and dusky rust hues. A superlative piece from a master craftsman, this pipe will make a deserving centerpiece of even the most distinguished collection.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.27 in./108.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark