Jens Tao Nielsen (*1943) started his pipe-making career in Erik Nørding’s workshop and there he met Poul Ilsted. After about two years, these two young men decided to start on their own – and the Svendborg pipe was born. But a few years later both Poul and Tao realized that factory pipes was not what they wanted to do, so both of them left and started workshops of their own.

Tao likes the classical shapes and has a special flair for the bulldog. Most of his pipes are compact and sturdy, truly manly pipes.