Tom Eltang: Smooth Elephant's Foot with Horn (Snail)

Product Number: 002-202-0017

Despite its inspiration from the natural world, I think of the Elephant's Foot as among the more sculptural and stylized of Danish shapes. The crisp lines formed by the panels that flank each side tend to impart a kind of architectural feel that differentiates it from shapes that are softer and rounder. Compositions like the Elephant's Foot are eye-catching, as they show off the spectacular grain that is necessary to make the shape work, but they can sometimes be (for me at least) a bit intimidating as an actual smoking instrument.

That's why I'm particularly taken with this example from Tom Eltang, which not only packs the full visual punch associated with a shape like this one, but does so in a way that doesn't forget that this is a pipe that is meant to be smoked. Relatively compact of size, the pipe features side panels that are somewhat small compared to other renditions of the shape, producing a rounder form. The end result is an accessible pipe that is a joy to hold just as it is a joy to view.

-Joshua Burgess
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& Other Details

  • Length: 143.50mm
  • Weight: 49.00g
  • Bowl Height: 59.77mm
  • Chamber Depth: 42.40mm
  • Chamber Diameter: 20.22mm
  • Outside Diameter: 40.82mm
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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