Leo Børgart has his own and very unique style. Many of his pipes are very advanced and yet they have a touch of the old and pre-classic shapes. He makes pipes with and without filter and he likes to use exotic elements in the ferrule for decoration.
My name is Leo Børgart and I am a self-taught pipe maker. I was born in April 1944 in Copenhagen. It all began when I was an apprentice as a woodworker. I have always been interested in working with wood. After the apprenticeship, I served as a sergeant in the Military Police, in which I spent 6 months in Gaza for the UN. As a natural prolonging of this, I worked as a Police officer in Copenhagen for 25 years. During this time I felt the need to spend my leisure time with something creative, so why not try and make pipes for private use.
I grew up with a pipe smoking father, who made the condition that if I wanted to smoke, it had to be pipe and only at home. After a while family and friends wanted try my homemade pipes. This gave me the opportunity to buy materials and I was on my way to pipe making.
In 1991 a businessman in Milan, Italy contacted me. He wanted to buy my entire production. I had to leave my job and I became a pipe maker full-time. In order to get new challenges I am now a member of danishpipemakers.com. Thank you for taking time to read my story.
Leo Børgart Kramnitzevej 9, Glukse, DK4983 Dannemare Phone: +45 5494 6292 Pipes available from: Bisgaard Pipes