Danish Estates: Former Handmade Smooth Lovat with Silver Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-33111

Hans "Former" Nielsen is a master pipe maker with over sixty years of experience in the craft. Nielsen started as a pipe repaired in Poul Rasmussen's Copenhagen shop before making his way to the prestigious W.Ø. Larsen workshop, where, like many carver's of his generation, Nielsen honed his skills. He eventually worked his way up to a supervisor position, overseeing production and the work of artisans like Jess Chonowitsch and Teddy Knudsen. After 10 years at Larsen, Nielsen began crafting pipes under his own name, cementing his reputation as a master carver and one of Denmark's preeminent artisans.

A testament to Former's skill and years of experience, this Lovat showcases the Danish artisan's impeccable shaping, refined line work, and gorgeous finishing technique. As is typical for the form, this piece features a tall Billiard bowl that stands proudly at the fore of an elongated shank and an abbreviated saddle stem. Though the shank and bowl are harmoniously balanced in terms of length, the shank's slender build lends visual prominence to the bowl and its stout build. A cheeked transition accentuates the rounded heel, lending a touch of definition to its aft side, and drawing attention to the bowl's subtle upward taper from base to rim. A handsome auburn smooth finish dresses the stummel and highlights vivid birdseye on either flank of the bowl, while a sterling silver accent adorns the junction and provide a dose of flash to the overall form. Lightweight and quite compact, measuring less than five inches from end to end, this piece is perfect for on-the-go smoking, and it should clench easily between the teeth.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

  • Length: 4.72 in./119.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lovat
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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