The Mysterious P Holtorp

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bluegrassbrian

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I've recently discovered the Danish pipe maker P Holtorp and I like a lot of his designs, particularly his freehand style. I picked up an estate Pear that I thought was quite unique and cool (smokes damn good too).
Now, despite having a page on pipedia.org, I can't seem to find Mr.Holtorps first name anywhere!

Unless his first name is just "P"...
Anyone have a clue?

 

dmcmtk

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A good question, I've never been able to find an answer myself. Some very nice old Danish hand made pipes though...

Here are two I have, that I believe are from the early 1960's.






 

bluegrassbrian

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I read that our mystery man had worked alongside Tom Eltang so I emailed Tom..

He said he doesn't know!
I suppose just because they worked in and around Pipe Dan doesn't mean they were acquainted.

 

dmcmtk

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P. Holtorp was one of the many artisanal carvers who worked in the periphery of Pipe-Dan. In the 1960's - maybe up to the early 1970's - he was one of the in-house pipemakers working together with Sven Knudsen, Gert Holbek, Axel Svend Celius, Tom Eltang - just to name a few. Later he worked from his own shop but still sold most of his pipes via Pipe-Dan.
Another Holtorp pipe, what I always have found interesting about this one, in regard to the above, is its similarity to Sven Knudsen's shape 41 for W.O. Larsen, the sandblast below.




 

pitchfork

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I spent a few minutes looking yesterday and I couldn't find a first name.
Dave that smooth Holtorp pot(?) is awesome -- always a pleasure to see that one. Is it designed as a sitter?

 

bluegrassbrian

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I'll post up a picture of mine a little later.

Maybe Teddy Knudsen or Celius would know..

Or maybe we could get Brian Levine and his enexhaustable stable of pipe networks to do some digging. :lol:
Edit: I sent a message to the radio shows fb page.

 

dmcmtk

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Svend Axel Celius has long passed away. It's unfortunate when some of pipe making's history gets lost to time...

 

dmcmtk

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That "nosewarmer" shape seems to be one Holtorp liked. An example made for PipeDan sometime in the 1960's (not mine),






 

bamklausdk

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Bumped into this thread during my own search on the pipes from Holtorp.

Holtorp's first name was Per, a.k.a. Pipe-Per, and was a very good friend of my father in law.

I can't give anymore information, because my father in law died a few years ago.
The picture attached is my collection of pipes made by Holtorp, and the one on the right, is made specifically for my father in law.

 

dmcmtk

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bamklausdk, thank you! You just solved a mystery that I have wondered about for several years, Per Holtorp.

 

bluegrassbrian

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Wow hey yeah!

Thanks a lot bamklausdk!

Those are some lovely and wild pipes.

I'd love to find one of those pipe socks one day.

 

bluegrassbrian

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The one in the center looks like a Danish kiseru..

If you get a chance I'd love to see it from different angles.

 

toobfreak

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The "Danish" style in general remains my favorite of all types! I almost always sit while smoking.