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    Preben Holm Hand Cut Copenhagen Denmark

    Some more on Preben Holm pipes, an early freehand, maybe late 1960's. While being a freehand, the pipe still shows a "complete" sense of design. Note the complimentary curves of the shank and the front of the bowl, also the symmetry of the plateaux top of the bowl. Still a relatively simple stem design with a lovely button, and shaping very similar to the stems used on Larsen freehands from the early 1960's. Also the way the shaping of the front of the bowl, the way it extends dramatically, is very reminiscent of some of Sixten Ivarsson's shapes for Stanwell.

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    While being a freehand, the pipe still shows a "complete" sense of design.
    Well said. Well done!

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    Now you're just trying to rile me up.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    While being a freehand, the pipe still shows a "complete" sense of design.
    Hardly "complete" to my eye. The stem is a total afterthought with no carryover of design elements whatsoever.

    It's not a terrible looking pipe. Just not my thing.
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    The stem is a total afterthought with no carryover of design elements whatsoever.
    That's just the way it was done back in the day... From 1963, and yes I'll allow Larsen made nicer stems.

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    You know you like this pipe... (Anthony and I have gone back and forth on this)

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    I must say I love Preben Holms pipes the shape and the feel of them in your hand. Another great artisan who died too young.

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    Not for me!

    Had one once in my flared trousers era: gave it away when I grew up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    Not for me!

    Had one once in my flared trousers era: gave it away when I grew up.
    That's funny, Jim, and I know what you mean by the Danish free hand belonging to a certain era in popular culture. I must admit that I've never been a fan of Danish free hand pipes, but the pre-free hand pipes, like Dave's early Preben Holm, interest me. I need to find some more info about this time in Danish pipe making.
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    Mmmm....nah sorry, that pipe to me is just wrong! Very much like a Yorkshireman in flares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    That's funny, Jim, and I know what you mean by the Danish free hand belonging to a certain era in popular culture. I must admit that I've never been a fan of Danish free hand pipes, but the pre-free hand pipes, like Dave's early Preben Holm, interest me. I need to find some more info about this time in Danish pipe making.
    Take a look at the PipeDan, Stanwell (Sixten Ivarsson shapes), and W.O. Larsen catalogs from the late 1950's early 1960's here (they open as PDF's),

    http://www.danishpipemakers.com/aboutpipes.html

    I just find the progression of the shaping and design interesting, and it certainly influenced many pipe makers. An art analogy, the progression in style from Classical Representational painting, to Impressionism, to Cubism, to Abstract Expressionism.

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    Had one once in my flared trousers era...a Yorkshireman in flares.
    Pictures or it didn't happen...

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