An Erik Nording pipes was on my wishlist; so when I saw a recently priced one on eBay, I took the chance (rather, my PAD took over).
Erik Nording is a Danish pipe maker from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was originally an engineer and experience as a blacksmith, but due to his love for woodworking, ventured into pipe making. Since then, his pipe making business has expanded (approximately 20,000 pipes per year) and became know for high quality pipes. Pipedia has this story which I found interesting because as a father, you often think this would solve the problem….it didn’t for Erik Nording. He started smoking at 15 and, “his mother had thought she could dissuade him from this new activity by providing a large enough dose to make him never smoke again. She said to me, ‘You want to smoke? OK, here, smoke this pack of cigarettes.’ She thought I would get sick. But I smoked one, then another, and as I reached for another one she said, ‘Never mind. That’s enough.’ And it was decided that I could smoke one bowl of tobacco each day, but only at home.” Its worth the while to click on the Pipedia link for the full story. Suffice to say, the became renowned for excellent pipes, both in smoking and design.