Jens was born in 1937 in Slagelse, Denmark. He was a trained woodwork teacher in Stenlöse Youth school between the years 1976-1993. Jens lived and had a workshop not far from Sixten Ivarsson´s and could actually see into his workshop windows.
Jens was always much interested in art and sculpture and through his friendship with Sixten he was able to learn to make pipes.
During the years 1980-1995, Jens made pipes under the guidance of Sixten but he could never make himself to sell any pipes , nor did he ever stamp his pipes with his name, even if he prepared to do it , and in the middle of the 90´s he grew weaker of illnes so it never happened.
Jens passed away in 2004 and his brother took care of his pipes and contacted Lars Ivarsson who recommended him to contact Per Billhäll to sell Jens pipes.
His pipes are very well executed with remarkable good wood and show a lot of ceativity, although you can see influence of Sixten, but Jens also developed a style of his own.
Jens Holmgaard, Sommer 1998
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