From Jan Andersson's excellent book, Danish Pipemakers
Bjorn Thurman was born in 1946, some would say, "born into the tobacco trade". In 1953 his parents opened a pipe shop in central Copenhagen and Bjorn helped them there from the beginning, mainly by sorting pipes Initially the pipes were bought from a firm called Larsen & Stigart, but eventually they decided to start their own production. In the norther part of Jutland here were some skilled pipemakers who were looking work, so that seemed to be a good place for a pipe factory. That was in 1968 and by then Bjorn had been working in the shop for four years.
Bjorn has also written a book called Pibemagerens Handbog (The Pipemakers Handbook), which tells how to make a pipe using the simple tools most people have at home. This book inspired Vollmer & Nilsson, and has been a great help to many hobbyists.
When Bjorn Thurmann can’t be found in his nice workshop in Copenhagen he will probably be attending his other great devotion – fishing. Bjorn has just realized one of his old ideas: “The worlds first Angler hand carved pipe”. It’s a beautiful straight model with bamboo shank – but not just any bamboo, Bjorn is using genuine handmade “Split Cane” (what else for an Angler pipe), decorated with genuine jungle cock feathers.
Have a look at his pipes below accompanied by his own words: WORD’S 1st ANGLER HANDCARVED PIPE.
Follow Izaak Walton’s footsteps ! “To be or not to be, that is the question”, but to be an angler and a pipe smoker, are the perfect combination to relax and “disappear” from the daily stress.
You now have the chance to be one of the few - among many pipe smokers, to obtain a numbered pipe of The Angler pipe with your own name on the certificate. The production is very limited, therefore I take the liberty to put you on special order, for the last amount of the pipes.
There are many operations in pipe making, which can only be done by hand. Therefore the skill and degree and hand craftsmanship is of great importance.
The first Hand carved Angler pipe is shaped in accordance with the grain of the briar – between bowl and stem, the shank is mounted with real split cane, which gives the Angler a proud design to reflect his personality, furthermore the split cane is fitted with genuine jungle cock feathers. To complete your smoking, The Angler Pipe can be obtained with a tamper. Why not? - or off course! The tamper is split cane, too, jungle cock mounted, and sterling silver ends.
Bjørn Thurmann's Pibemageri Postgade 5 DK-3740 Svaneke Denmark. Tlf. +45 5647 2814 Bjørn's Website E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org