Former pipes are made by Hans “Former” Nielsen, who is one of the living legends from Denmark. He’s been in various shops working on pipes for over fifty years, beginning when he was only 15. Like a great many of the older generation of Danish pipe makers, he studied the shapes and styles of pipes – inside and out – by repairing them. In 1962, he was hired by W.O. Larsen to work full-time as a pipe maker. Early on with W.O. Larsen, Former showed his skills by replicating shapes that were in the catalog. As Tonni Nielsen pointed out, referring to other pipe makers at the factory, each man needed to produce W.O. Larsen shapes, not focus on one-off designs. In doing this, Former's skill blossomed, and he went on to manage components of the factory, including quality control and teaching other carvers. He also had a workshop at home to keep up with demand for high-grade Danish pipes for export (many of which went to Japan). Later he would go off on his own to produce these pipes under his own name.

Not only does Former make Danish classics, he wrote the book on many of them. He will often make beautiful variations on these classics, which can be turned on a lathe; however, many are freely made forms that can only be shaped with a sanding disk. This is reflected on his stampings, where “Freehand” will be entirely hand-made, and “Handmade” will be partial lathe-turned bowls. Ever-beautiful, Former pipes are often smooth, though he makes lovely sandblasts as well. His stems are either black vulcanite or acrylic, and beautiful accents of horn, boxwood, and silver are occasionally used.

A History of Former Pipes

3 Former pipes in this category.

Finish: Shape: Price:

Sandblasted Horn Former Sandblasted Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0191
Your Price: $1,465.00

Smooth bent Dublin with Silver Former Smooth bent Dublin with Silver 
SKU: 002-017-0202
Your Price: $3,060.00

Smooth Horn Former Smooth Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0198
Your Price: $3,060.00

002-017-0112 Former 50th Anniversary Sandblasted Apple with Horn (36/50) with Tobacco Pouch & Tamper 
SKU: 002-017-0112

002-017-0111 Former 50th Anniversary Smooth Apple with Horn (25/50) with Tobacco Pouch & Tamper 
SKU: 002-017-0111

002-017-0171 Former Sandblasted Bent Egg 
SKU: 002-017-0171

002-017-0146 Former Sandblasted Dublin with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0146

002-017-0174 Former Sandblasted Stack with Silver Army Mount 
SKU: 002-017-0174

002-017-0184 Former Smoot Bent Apple 
SKU: 002-017-0184

002-017-0139 Former Smooth Apple with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0139

002-017-9007 Former Smooth Bent Acorn 
SKU: 002-017-9007

002-017-0098 Former Smooth Bent Apple 
SKU: 002-017-0098

002-017-0197 Former Smooth Bent Apple with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0197

002-017-0096 Former Smooth Bent Brandy with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0096

002-017-0165 Former Smooth Bent Dublin 
SKU: 002-017-0165

002-017-9009 Former Smooth Bent Dublin with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-9009

002-017-0200 Former Smooth Billiard with Horn 
SKU: 002-017-0200

002-017-0089 Former Smooth Blowfish 
SKU: 002-017-0089

002-017-9010 Former Smooth Blowfish 
SKU: 002-017-9010

002-017-0172 Former Smooth Brandy with Silver 
SKU: 002-017-0172

002-017-0141 Former Smooth Freehand 
SKU: 002-017-0141

002-017-0094 Former Smooth Volcano 
SKU: 002-017-0094



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