|About Erik Nielsen (tekst by Erik)
I was born in 1949, have been smoking the pipe since I was 13-14 years old, and always enjoyed it.
The first pipes I made was fantastic well, in at least I thought so myself... I was carried away and spend all my time in the little workshop with the old tools. My wife was very patient although I think she sought I was going crazy.
The work was very good therapy after the accident that had coursed both mental and physical problems and I was not able to return to DSB again.
One day I met Kurt Balleby and he vas so kind to invite me to visit his workshop. I brought some of my best pipes that I proud shoved to Kurt. Kurt smiled, and told me very polite that it vas some of the better pipes he had seen of “that kind”. He gave me some good advices and I understood that I had a long way to go yet. Filled with new hope and enthusiasm I went home and continued to work, now with the advices from Kurt in my mind.
After the accident I had to be retrained in order to obtain another carrier and was helped financially by the local social office. Fortune (and the kindness of Kurt Balleby) gave it, that Kurt could now train me for one and a half year. Being in his workshop every day I slowly grasped what pipe making was about, and my pipes became better and better day-by-day.
Kurt suggested that I went along with him to the Chicago Pipe Show (in 2003) and frightened to death I agreed to do so. I brought the 24 pipes I had made so far and I sold all of them. Believe me, I was exited. Now I was a real pipe maker....
I still have a lot to learn, but with the help and guidance from all my new friends among the pipe makers Tom Eltang, Peter Hedegaard, Kai Nielsen, Poul Ilsted and many more I will slowly get there thank you, my friends.