- Material: wood
- Model Number: K10082
- Brand Name: MUXIANG
- Origin: Mainland China
Since 1974, Tom Eltang has been crafting pipes, starting his journey as an apprentice under the guidance of artisan pipe maker Anne Julie. Throughout his career, Tom has not only embraced traditional Danish pipe design but has also taken it to new heights by mentoring young carvers, shaping the artisan pipe-making community’s present state. His minimalist design approach has garnered admiration from collectors worldwide, while his teachings have propelled numerous other artisans, significantly impacting the field’s design, aesthetics, and the emergence of fresh talents.
While Tom’s Devil Anse, Poker, and Arne Jacobsen interpretations stand out as his signature designs, his body of work predominantly embodies a refined, minimalist style. This style emphasizes harmony in lines and proportions, often drawing from mid-20th century Danish pipe design. These principles are beautifully realized in his Tulip rendition. Despite its length, the pipe maintains a sleek profile, whether in the elongated saddle stem, slender shank, or trim bowl. Its entire composition exudes aerodynamic grace and equilibrium.
The mouthpiece’s extension beyond the saddle portion mirrors the combined length of the shank and stem base. The stem’s subtle downturn perfectly complements the upward curve of the shank, producing a notably elongated yet impeccably balanced silhouette. The bowl, featuring a forward cant, seamlessly continues the shank and stem’s flowing lines, rising with an elegant prominence that preserves the form’s slender allure. The flanks gracefully flare upward before curving inward at the rim, enhanced by the softly tucked transition. The rim, adorned with plateau, evokes the image of closed flower petals, completing the pipe’s thematic inspiration.
The pipe’s flawless grain complements its shaping, with flame grain patterns engulfing the bowl and aligning with its cant. Vertical striations accentuate the shank’s curl, all heightened by a rich, auburn contrast stain that brings forth a vibrant yet timeless aesthetic. This pipe, exemplifying grace and sophistication, combines exceptional grain quality and expert shaping, earning it Tom’s esteemed Snail grade.