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Danish Estates: Former Smooth Blowfish

Product Number: 004-001-17527

This Blowfish was made by Hans "Former" Nielsen, considered a revered master of the Danish tradition and a veritable living legend. His shaping, engineering, and finishing have become standards within the industry, with many a younger pipemaker traveling to his workshop in Denmark to glean from his years of knowledge and experience. This Blowfish has everything we love and expect from Nielsen's work, and it's actually a rendition we've seen before. In silhouette, it presents a forward-urging, Egg-like bowl, the right flank displaying an affable plumpness. In contrast, the left side features a more crisp aesthetic, being less bulbous and displaying the design's defining panel. Compared to other carvers, Hans takes a more reserved approach to the shape, the panels here being rather trim in breadth, traveling the length of the shank to wrap the flank just to the right of the chamber. The grain here caters perfectly to the shaping cues, as cross grain striates the panels and birdseye populates the rounded portions. Stunning work from Hans and a great introduction to his work or an addition to an established collection.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Small Scratches Around The Bowl

STAMPING:
FREEHAND
FORMER
MADE IN DENMARK
  • Length: 5.15 in./130.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.82 oz./51.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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