Bjarne

L1000427.jpg Bjarne pipes ... Click image for larger file.

With the passing of great pipemaker Bjarne Nielsen in 2008, the family decided not to continue in the pipemaking business, and the last inventories were sold to distributors. Fortunately some nice models are still available. With the recent arrival of  what may well be my last Bjarne (right center), I decided to take a family portrait.

Some of this modest collection have already graced the pages of Miscellany. The two Pokers (left top and center), and the giant “sitter” churchwarden have become great smokers. Two newer thick-walled freehands (right top and center) are becoming all-time favorites, producing a cooler, more pleasant smoke than even my prized Nordings. The one factor I am seeing that best accounts for a good, cool smoke is bowl wall thickness.

The two darker-finish pipes in the center are my “travel pipes” – lighter weight, thinner walls. It is more difficult to get them to produce a good smoke – though emptying a half-smoked pipe, when the shuttle bus arrives, is hardly a good way to break in a pipe or maintain good smokers.

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2 thoughts on “Bjarne

  1. YOUR FACTS ABOUT BJARNE PIPES ARE NOT ENTIRELY CORRECT. AFTER HIS DEATH I AQUIRED ALL THE REMAINING INVNTORY FROM HIS WIFE. I HAVE CONTIUED THE VIKING LINE OF VERY AFFORDABLE DANISH PIPES, THESE ARE AVAILABLE THRU MOST LEADING U.S. RETAIL PIPE SHOPS. I STILL HAVE IN MY POSSESION OVER 100 PCS. OF THE BJARNE HAND MADES WHICH RETAIL FROM $300.00 TO $ 880.00. THESE ARE SOLD THRU MY COMPANY ‘SMOKE SHOP SPECIALTIES’.
    IN 2010 I PLAN TO HAVE A WEB PAGE UP FOR ALL OF THE REMAING HAND MADES.

    BEST REGARDS

    TOM FITZPATRICK

  2. I did write “last inventories were sold to distributors”, so, I’m not sure what was not entirely correct. Nevertheless, one can Google the quoted smoke shop name and find the web pages with the Viking selection of Bjarnes, retailing at around $45-$80 each. Hope this info is useful to some readers.

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