To realized the dream of Erik Michael of 4th Generation to produced tobacco pipe lines on their company products, finally he cooperate with Neerup pipes artisans Peder Jeppesen. The ambition is also to produce a premium class of pipe that should be gain Pipe of the Year. They start their debut in the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show & Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year they gained 2019 Pipe of the Year by Peter Jeppesen for: Smooth #31, Smooth #2, and Dark Porter #85.
In this debut, 4th Generation and Erik Stokkebye they partnered with their good friend Peder Jeppesen of Neerup, and famous jeweler Anton to bring a stunning collection of very limited edition pipes.
These Pipe of the Year handcrafted by Peder, beautiful shape, thick walled, slightly Bent Billard, is modeled after one of Erik’s father’s pipes from 1976.A beautiful engraved 3D band by jeweler Anton adorns the shank that’s stamped with the 4th Generation logo and the year 2019.
The Smooth #31, is dressed in a dark & very finely grained high contrast finish. Each pipe comes in a special black lacquer box with gold trim marked with the 4th Generation & Neerup logos. Handmade in Denmark.
The Smooth #2, is dressed in a warm chestnut toned smooth polish finish with some standout graining among the different shades of brown. Each pipe comes in a special black lacquer box with gold trim marked with the 4th Generation & Neerup logos. Handmade in Denmark.
The Dark Porter #85, is finished in a gorgeous red & orange toned blast with waves of grain visible. Each pipe comes in a special black lacquer box with gold trim marked with the 4th Generation & Neerup logos. Handmade in Denmark.
Other detail of the Pipes are same:
Shape: Bent Billiard
Length: 5.93 in.
Bowl Height: 2.34 in.
Outside Diameter: 1.75 in.
Chamber Depth: 1.94 in.
Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in.
Weight: 2.55 oz.
Stem Material: Acrylic
The background of the pipes:
Maybe anything that have a correlation with tobacco is a passion for Stokkebye family of business. While developing the pipe tobacco blends for Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation, Erik Michael as the top management of the company also have a dream of releasing a series of tobacco pipes that would also a honor for his family.
His father, Peter Stokkebye, had commissioned pipe-maker to create a limited series of tobacco pipes a year before. It is an addition of series of pipes to the Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation production lines that would be perfect complement to the same time honoring the family tradition.
While Erik Michael had made connections with a number of tobacco growers and blenders through the years, he had contacts with pipe-makers. One of the Pipe-maker friends he contacted is Eric Nording that gave him a recommendation to hire Peder Jeppesen pipe artisans of Neerup pipes, that he hope would be a perfect person for his project. To realized this, they arrange the meeting between Erik Michael and Jeppesen taken place at Alabama tobacco shop to confirm Nording’s recommendation.
Erik Michael and Jeppesen finally meet at The Briary, in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. both invited by the top pipe sellers in the United States, Skip Elliott to intending the trunk show at his store. The Briary trunk show is an important event for Pipe and Pipe tobacco dealers around the world, the host is Skipp Elliot. When both meet at the event, they began talking about working together.
Finally both agree to cooperated, by the 2013 IPCPR trade show and convention, they had agreed on the first shapes of 4th Generation pipes. Within the short time after that event at least seven shapes of pipes has ben released, each shape available in three finished; Dark Porter with sandblasted finish, Burnt Siena with smooth orange and black color, and Vintage Natural as a smooth pipe with a clear finish to highlight the pipe’s grain.
In 1977, Peder Jeppensen had begun making pipes for Karl Erik Otterndahl, then he work for Erik Nording, the place that he learn much of all necessary step to make pipes. In 2001, when the Georg Jensen pipe factory closed, he bought some of it machinery and set up his own pipe studio in his home near Roskilde, Denmark. Jeppensen created the Neerup pipe brand, named for his grandmother. To make tobacco pipe he selected the finest briar wood from Sicily, Italy, and pre-made acrylic, Cumberland and amber stems from Italian manufacturer. This Neerup pipes made by Jeppensen later well known due to the high-quality construction, and the fair price. That is the two aspect that Erik Michael desired for his 4th Generation pipes.
Collaboration with others Artisans
After Jeppensen, Erik Michael also commissioned another high-end pipe Artisans, among others; Tom Eltang and Manduela, and also Jeppensen firm Tsuge. The idea is to produce a limited edition pipe. For this year, Erik Michael has selected 50 Jeppensen limited-edition pipe, those pipe make a debut at 2019 IPCPR show. The pipes are special design with a unique silver band that Jeppensen designed and commissioned Danish silversmith to make. Both gentlemen’s will continue to produce more fresh and excellent shape pipes the next year for customers satisfaction.
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