Jan Andersson

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Jan Andersson has made many significant contributions to chronicling pipe making, especially in Scandinavia. Among many publications he has written two very important books, which have been used extensively to contribute to the articles on Pipedia.

The history of modern Scandinavian pipe-making started in Denmark in the middle of the last century. The evolution since has been amazing and is something of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Andersson has had the privilege to follow this evolution for several decades and has met most of the pipemakers involved in it. In this extensively illustrated book, he masterfully weaves the stories of more than 50 pipemakers, some old and experienced, others quite new to the trade. From the Ivarssons to Bo Nordh to Jess Chonowitsch to Tom Eltang, Andersson tells the story of each craftsman knowingly and with great admiration. Jan has effectively catalogued the modern-day history of a movement of pipemakers from a distinct geography that which has contributed so much to the well-being of pipemen everywhere good taste prevails, be he a collector or, indeed, of that rarefied breed known today, quaintly as the pipe-smoker. With Andersson's colorful portrayal of these craftsmen, their enthusiasm and creativity is indicative that the evolution of exquisite Scandinavian pipe-making may yet carry forward on to the next century. With an introduction by Rick Newcombe.

BO Nordh. I’m quite sure every pipeman knows the name, has seen the late master’s pipes, and maybe has one or two in his collection from which he smokes; perchance so exquisite is the piece that he is hesitant to draw a match to it and smoke the tobacco within. No matter, this book does what a single pipe of Bo’s could never do: It presents nearly every shape he ever designed and executed in briar. This charming story, told by friend and founder of the Pipe Club of Sweden, Jan Andersson, is sure to please those with a penchant for straight grain and innovative design. An all-color, 130-page extravaganza of exquisiteness, stunning shapes and wood grain, and vignettes of Nordh’s friends and collectors of his work.

Jan is also very active with the Pipe Club of Sweden.

And he is also an amateur pipe maker.

A pipesmoker and collector most of his adult life, Jan lives with his wife in Tyringe, a small village in the southern part of Sweden.

Contact Information

Jan Andersson
PL 2800
282 91 Tyringe
0451 – 530 47