Once again, Hans "Former" Nielsen proves that one need not dig deep into briar, when sandblasting, in order to bring out spectacular grain. Part of the beauty of Former's shaping aesthetic is that he executes shapes in such a manner that the eye takes in the pipe as a whole, before moving to "parts". If you are like most people, the totality of form will grab your attention, and only after taking in the composition, do you begin notice the beautiful hint of concavity on the rim, the subtle curve of the saddle bit, and the harmonious interaction of lines and planes. Well, that's just what happens with me, at any rate.
R. 'Bear' Graves