Hans "Former" Nielsen has long earned a place within my top carvers of all time list. It isn't just a matter of meticulous attention to detail, stellar engineering, and quality briar. Any man should (rightfully) expect all of that from any world class carver. It is Han's quiet, exquisite, "perfect" shaping, that graces any pipe that leaves his shop, that hooks me. This bent Egg is positively voluptuous in form. A heavenly sphere that is crowned with just enough turn at the rim to display a perfect (there's that word again) understanding of how a small touch can greatly augment the impact that a pipe makes. The vibrant straight grain and birdseye would draw the eye from across a crowded room. I simply can't put this pipe down.
--R. Bear Graves