Danish Estates: Former Handmade Smooth Bent Billiard with Nickel and Horn Mount

Product Number: 004-001-21100

With 60+ years of pipe-making experience, Hans "Former" Nielsen is revered as a master of the Danish tradition and remains a veritable living legend. Nielsen's shaping, engineering, and finishing have become standards within the industry, with many younger pipe makers traveling to his workshop in Denmark to glean from his years of knowledge and experience. When he was just 15, Former was hired to repair pipes in Poul Rasmussen's Copenhagen pipe shop, and it was a transformative experience for Nielsen, allowing him to study a pipe's internal engineering and learning how it could be improved. He would then go on to work for W.Ø. Larsen, refining his skills, overseeing quality control, and training new carvers that joined the workshop. It was during that time that Nielsen built a workshop in his home and has been crafting Danish classics ever since with this bent Billiard reflecting that tradition.

Light and lifting of heel, smooth and sweeping of transition and shank, and displaying a graceful, gestural stance, this Billiard is a true study in Former's style, showcasing many of the signature cues that ground the Danish classical approach to pipe making. The rich, mahogany stain suits this piece wonderfully, with vertical grain wrapping the bowl's flanks. Perhaps the most visually engaging element of this piece is the accent work, rendered in a unique style that I've never seen on any pipe, let alone a Former. Nickel bands adorn the shank end and stem base to form a mount, followed a stylized horn accent that displays a bulbous flare before transitioning into tapered stem. Like all of Nielsen's mouthpieces, it's engineered for pure comfort and optimal smokability. This is a lovely piece for any fan of Former pipes or someone interested in Danish artisan compositions.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
FORMER
HANDMADE
  • Length: 6.16 in./156.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.98 oz./56.25 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.10 in./53.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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