Danish Estates: Former Smooth Horn

Product Number: 004-001-19950

A curator of classic Danish style, Hans "Former" Nielsen is a living legend within the pipe-making world and began his historic career when he was just 15 years old. Initially hired to repair pipes in Poul Rasmussen's shop in Copenhagen, Former learned firsthand what made pipes function, how they could be improved, and the necessary features needed to make an efficient, optimally engineered smoking instrument. Nielsen would then go on to work at the W.Ø. Larsen factory, eventually becoming a supervisor and was in charge of quality control as well as training new carvers that joined the workshop. During his tenure at W.Ø. Larsen, Former was able to refine his skills and build a workshop of his own, allowing him to carry on the rich tradition of Danish pipe making.

The Horn is a classic Danish design, marked by a virtually non-existent transition as the shank flares seamlessly into the bowl. Even with this constant, though, renditions can differ vastly from one to the next — the degree of forward cant, the amount of taper, opting to also flare the shank end to mirror the bowl, etc. In this particular one from Nielsen, the Danish artisan has opted for a dramatically forward-urging form, the shank sweeping upward into the bowl with the stem offering a counterbalancing downturn. Aside from the excellent cross-grain orientation, I particularly admire Former's handling of the shank end and stem base. The shank end's cap-like shaping is nicely echoed by the domed base of the saddle stem, before stepping down and arcing elegantly to the comfortable lip button.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

  • Length: 5.59 in./141.99 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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