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.
Leica C-LUX 2 mini digital … Click image for larger file.