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Bari Piber was founded by Viggo Nielsen in Kolding around the turn of 1950/51. Viggo's sons Kai Nielsen and Jørgen Nielsen both grew into their father's business from a very young age and worked there till 1975.

Bari Logo, courtesy Doug Valitchka
Viggo Nielson, courtesy Doug Valitchka
Smooth Bamboo Pearl, courtesy,
Smooth Amber Rhodesian, courtesy,

Bari had very successfully adapted the new Danish design that had been started mainly by Stanwell for iz's own models. When Viggo Nielsen sold Bari in 1978 to Van Eicken Tobaccos in Hamburg Bari counted 33 employees.

Jørgen and Viggo Nielson, courtesy Doug Valitchka
Kai Nielson, courtesy Doug Valitchka

From 1978 to 1993 Åge Bogelund and Helmer Thomsen headed Bari's pipeproduction. Helmer Thomson bought the company in 1993 re-naming it to "Bari Piber Helmer Thomsen". The workshop moved to more convenient buildings in Vejen. Bogelund, who created very respectable freehands of his own during the time at Bari got lost somehow after 1993.

Bari's basic conception fundamentally stayed the same for decades: series pipes pre-worked by machines and carefully finished by hand. Thus no spectacular highgrades but solid, reliable every day's companions.

The most famous series are the smooth "Classic Diamond" and the blasted "Wiking".

"Excellent" is a Bari second.