Rökringar (Smoke Rings) no. 80 February 2011
The cover of this issue shows a pipe made by Kai Nielsen, one of four pipemakers in a little Danish town called Faaborg. Your editor visited this town twice last summer and paid all of them a visit. In an extensive article you may meet these pipemakers and see pictures of quite a lot of their pipes. Foreign members of our club get a full English translation of the article.
In December last year two of our members visited the annual international pipe-show in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a vivid article, illustrated with a lot of pictures, they tell us about their experiences during this memorable event.
It is always a pleasure to meet a skilled craftsman. This time we are honored to present a master in the art of building splitcane fishing rods, rods often referred to as the Rolls Royce in its field. Lennart Persson is a long-time member of our club, he is a devoted fly-fisherman and is regarded as one of the very best in his craft.
From 1969 the Danish King Frederik IX had his 70s birthday and Royal Danish, one of the oldest firms in Denmark, decided to make two porcelain pipes for the king. But they did not stop with that, they also made pipes in a lot of shapes for the general public. However, in the beginning there were a lot of problems and a competition was arranged among the best pipemakers in Denmark to find beautiful and suitable shapes. The whole story about all this is found in this issue, illustrated with a lot of pictures. The production stopped in the middle of the 80s.
For foreign members an English summary is enclosed with every issue of Rökringar. And, as mentioned above, there is a full translation of the article about the pipemakers in Faaborg.