Thursday, September 3, 2020

Anne Julie

Anne Julie is both a pipe maker and a painter. Her work is noted for its bold form, strong lines, and robust curves. Today, she sells her highly sought-after pipes in Denmark, Japan, Germany, and the United States.
Anne Julie happened into pipe making through her husband, the renowned Danish pipe maker Poul Rasmussen. She had been married for only a short period of time when Rasmussen died suddenly at the age of forty-six from complications of a heart transplant. Only twenty-seven and with a two-year-old son, Julie was forced to make some hard decisions. At first, she planned to sell Rasmussen's carving machines and pipe inventory. While visiting the shop in Østerboro, however, she ran into one of her husband’s former apprentices, Hans Nielson, known as "Former". 
Together, they looked through the shop and found some briar blocks. With Nielson's help Anne Julie began carving pipes. She notes that until then she never handled a pipe because her husband believed pipe manufacture was only men's work. Gradually, however, she "grasped the principle of surface area, the nature of wood, the individual log's innate shape, droughts of the year's seasons, shades, functionalism, etc.."
The Anne Julie pipes, marked by a single red and white dot, are made by hand. She uses a large grinding wheel to shape the pipes and stems. She finished most of her pipes in a ruby red and black stain and stamps them "Anne Julie"

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