Former: Sandblasted Lumberman
Yes Virginia, Hans "Former" Nielsen does create shapes from the Canadian family, other than the Lovat (and those are damned rare on the ground, as well) they are just so infrequently created by the master and so impossible to find; the shape rarely enters into discussion of his work. In this, only the second Former Lumberman we have ever been able to offer, rather than flash slight hints of Brandy in the bowl shaping, Former keeps it right tight to what we might expect from a Brit cousin. Having said, that sleek shank and corresponding compositional dominance of the bowl isn't exactly "English shape chart", but Former hasn't earned a reputation over the past five (+) decades as the keeper of the Danish classic flame by rejecting an aesthetic that he came by honestly. This is an immaculate Danish take on the Lumberman, with a tip of the metaphorical hat towards the sceptered isle in the placement of the cross cut on the front and back of the bowl, as well as the top and bottom of the shank. Former collectors don't get a shot at one of these babies very often, if you are moved by the form, scarcity would dictate giving this one some serious consideration.
--R. 'Bear' Graves