The Book: The Pipe. A functional work of art
This is by far the most ambitious pipe book I have seen...
Some years ago, two Danish book publishers and owners of an advertising agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, Justin and Morten, decided to make a book about cigars. This book ended out as a very nice coffee table book called The Cigar - Moments of pleasure.
When Justin and Morten traveled the world to make the cigar book they kept running into the world of pipes. Justin who is a professional photographer start taking a lot of pictures and suddenly they were in the process of making the next book called "The Pipe" (surprise!) - A functional work of art.
It is an expensive and time-consuming journey Justin, Morten and their team began, and I believe it’s been in progress for two years. Just to give you some insights:
When they made the chapter about tobacco they didn’t just google ‘Perique tobacco’.
No - they went there, met the producers, saw the fields and took the pictures!
Last year they contacted me. They needed help with products and text. When I saw this ambitious project I declared that we (The Danish Pipe Shop) would support the project the best we can considering our company size.
With us in and then later Tom Eltang and Mac Baren it evolved into several pipe maker portraits that will be included in the book.
This is by far the most ambitious pipe book I have seen since the great “Scandinavian Pipe maker” book written by Jan Andersson.
"The Pipe" is naturally more updated and has more general information about the pipes, tobacco and everything that follows – and the pictures are outstanding, so you really have something to look forward to.
Status right now is that we over this summer 2018 is checking text and facts in the book, so we hope it’s approved for printing in the fall. Ideally it will be ready for sale by around September the 2018. We expect the price to be at the same level as The Cigar book.
For the record: No one will get rich from this book. Neither us as retailer nor the publisher will gain much, but we all think it is an important and beautiful project, which I sincerely hope you will support. For me this is about spreading the word on the beautiful pipes, the hobby and the people in the business.
As soon as we know more we will inform you here at our website and we expect to have the book launch held at our ‘brick and mortar’ shop.
Hope to see you there.
This article was written in July 2018.