And the Winner Is…
Well, me. Much to my surprise and joy!
At the Danish National championships we usually have a bit of fun on the side and at the start of the competition we have a draw. A lottery if you like, based on the competitor number. The competitor list is clipped into strips of paper each bearing the number and name of all combatants and then the Guest of Honour gets to dip his hand into the bag and draw out a winner. The guest was a certain Mogens Anderson, who is something of a designer, and it is he that designs the ‘Hunter’ pipes for Erik Nørding. I’ll never forget him because he picked my name out of the hat and for that, Sir, I am eternally grateful. This is what was up for grabs…
It is a hand made pipe from Poul Winslow. It is one of twelve that were made for the 75 year jubilee of the Davidoff shop here in Copenhagen. I own number 11 of the twelve pipes. It’s a beautiful thing. This one is flame grained and in a delightful size that fits my clutching hand.
Not a huge pipe by any means but fairly generous in proportions. 135 mm long and, measuring across the bowl to bottom, the bowl is 46 mm high. The chamber is 20 mm in diameter and 33 mm deep. The chamber is slightly conical and the airway meets the floor of the chamber right in the middle, much like a calabash meerschaum.
The Silver ring is engraved in Danish, ‘75 År’ (75 years).
The pipe is also marked, ‘My Own Blend’ – ‘Hand made in Denmark’ – 2014 – 11.
The accompanying certificate reads (allowing for my translation!):
“75 year jubilee pipe. This pipe was created to celebrate My Own Blend’s 75 year anniversary. Only 12 pipes were made for this occasion. The pipes were hand cut by Poul Winsløw. Each pipe is unique.”
No. I haven’t smoked it yet. But don’t worry. I will..!