"Quiet, simple, elegant" are some of the words that come to mind when I think of the work by Hans "Former" Nielson. When you have been carving for more than a half-century you can let the quality of your work speak for you. Former pipes do not shout. The traditional shapes are perfectly executed, with an eye toward his native Danish aesthetic. This unsmoked, extremely generous smooth Billiard is a great example. The shaping of the bowl is deft, only to be equaled by a liquid smooth transition from the bowl to the shank. The body and shank boasts a stellar combination of cross and the latter is capped with handsome horn.
--R. 'Bear' Graves