Danish Estates: Former Sandblasted Pot with Bamboo (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-33108

Danish carver Hans "Former" Nielsen is a venerated master of the craft, with 60 years of pipe-making experience. Like many pipe makers of his generation, he learned and worked in the prestigious W.Ø. Larsen workshop. He quickly advanced to management before traveling to Germany to establish and supervise a factory there. Afterwards, he returned to Denmark and began making pipes under his own name from his home studio. His work is defined by sleek, graceful line work, a keen sense for balance, and a stunning attention to detail, as evidenced by this straight Pot design.

This piece is a rare example of Former working with bamboo as a shank material, rendered from a thick section of the strong grass, with two knuckles offering a natural place to grip the pipe. The bowl is a robust and classically inclined example of the Pot shape, with a firm heel and slightly tapered walls that culminate in a slim, slightly domed rim. Out back, a hand-cut vulcanite saddle stem offers a comfortable clench and excellent draw. Dressed in a crisp brown sandblast, the stummel boasts finely stacked ring grain, handsomely contrasted by the smooth rim's crown of swirling birdseye.

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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.49 in./139.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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