Former: Smooth Billiard with Ivorite

Product Number: 002-017-0306

Master of classics, Hans "Former" Nielsen offers here a stunning rendition of the traditional straight Billiard. Proportionally, the shaping is exquisite, the tall bowl standing proud and tall yet without completely overshadowing the shank and stem combination out back. The shank is elongated slightly by a generous ferrule of ivorite at the end, lending the piece a Lovat-esque silhouette, with grain that's flawlessly oriented: cross grain sweeping down the center to separate the flanks adorned in concise whorls of birdseye.

While the lines are soft and arrow straight, Nielsen has given some subtle, artistic flourishes — three to be exact, all occurring in sequence. First, the end of the ivorite accent flares suddenly, breaking the implied continuation of the shank's profile. The subtle flare is, then, echoed at the base of the stem before finally being suggested again as the mouthpiece flares toward the button, observed only from an aerial perspective. It's these slight yet exacting touches from Nielsen, combined with the Danish carver's prioritization of craftsmanship that make classic pieces like this uniquely "Former" and such wonderful, smokeable pieces of art.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.33 in./135.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.73 oz./48.99 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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