Børge Blume-Jensen, the man behind BBJ piber, started making pipes in 1996. He lives in the countryside in the south of Sealand, where he also has his workshop. Due to his full time work as headmaster of the Art School in Ringsted, he has very little time for making pipes. His current production is 40 to 50 pipes a year. His pipes are all handmade, using the best materials available to him.
The following submission is courtesy of Poul Rasmussen of DanishEstatePipes.com
BBJ (Børge Blume-Jensen)
My name is Børge Blume-Jensen, I'’m 63 years old (2018) and I live in the countryside in the southern part of Zealand.
In the early 80’s I finished an education as a jeweler, and up until 1992 I also operated my own business in addition to my regular job. I just retired from a position as Principal at a Music and Culture School, so now I can dedicate my time to pipe making.
I made my first pipe back when I was 15 years old. In my hometown (Sorø) there was a pipe factory, - Brakner Pipes, and from there I bought a pre-drilled briar block “hobby pipe”. I managed to carve a functional pipe, - but pretty it was not…..
In 1996 the desire to carve pipes returned, and I frequented a local pipe maker who gave me valuable guidance. I was hooked, - briar blocks and stems were acquired from the Stanwell factory in Borup, and most of my free time was spent carving pipes in my workshop. Later I received valuable guidance and criticism from well-known pipe makers such as Jess Chonowitsch, Kjeld Sørensen (Red Hat) and Tom Eltang.
My annual production is between 80 and 100 pipes. The preferred material is briar, but I also use olive wood. Most pipes have a smooth finish; I believe the natural grain enhanced with a contrasting stain brings life and “soul” to the pipe. Pipes with minor flaws and mixed grain are sandblasted or rusticated.
Most pipes are executed in classical shapes, but I attempt to give them my personal “touch”. For stems I prefer ebonite, but acrylic stems are used from time to time.
The pipes are stamped with BBJ and my logo, and the grading I use is; A, B and C, where A is for flawless pipes with a beautiful grain.
My goal is to continuously improve my skills to develop the best shapes and finishes the briar allows for. The greatest pleasure from pipe making is the process of creation….
My pipes are available through my website www.bbjpiber.dk, and once or twice a year I attend Danish pipe shows.